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scatter

  

      vb  
1    tr   to throw about in various directions; strew  
2    to separate and move or cause to separate and move in various directions; disperse  
3    to deviate or cause to deviate in many directions, as in the diffuse reflection or refraction of light  
      n  
4    the act of scattering  
5    a substance or a number of objects scattered about  
     (C13: probably a variant of shatter)  
  scatterable      adj  
  scatterer      n  


back scatter  
      n     (Physics)  
1    the scattering of radiation, such as X-rays or alpha-particles, by the atoms of the medium through which it passes, a proportion of this radiation emerging from the surface through which it entered  
2    the radiation so scattered  
3    a technique whereby very long-range radars locate targets hidden by the curvature of the earth. Radar beams are reflected off the underside of the troposphere onto the target and the return beams, similarly reflected, are measured  
scatter diagram  
      n     (Statistics)   a graph that plots along two axes at right angles to each other the relationship between two variable quantities, such as height and weight  
scatter-gun  
      n   a shotgun  
scatter pin  
      n   a small decorative pin usually worn in groups of two or three  
scatter rug  
      n   a small rug used to cover a limited area  
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scatter

  
1    broadcast, diffuse, disseminate, fling, litter, shower, sow, spread, sprinkle, strew  
2    disband, dispel, disperse, dissipate, disunite, put to flight, separate  
  
Antonyms     
   assemble, cluster, collect, congregate, converge, rally, unite  

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