Scatter Scat"ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scattered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scattering}.] [OE. scateren. See {Shatter}.] 1. To strew about; to sprinkle around; to throw down loosely; to deposit or place here and there, esp. in an open or sparse order. [1913 Webster]

And some are scattered all the floor about. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Why should my muse enlarge on Libyan swains, Their scattered cottages, and ample plains? --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Teach the glad hours to scatter, as they fly, Soft quiet, gentle love, and endless joy. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. To cause to separate in different directions; to reduce from a close or compact to a loose or broken order; to dissipate; to disperse. [1913 Webster]

Scatter and disperse the giddy Goths. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, to frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow; as, to scatter hopes, plans, or the like. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To disperse; dissipate; spread; strew. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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