scatter

If you hear someone shout "Everybody scatter!” that person wants everyone to spread out and leave the area. Scatter is a verb that means "to separate suddenly and spread out in different directions."

Scatter is sometimes used as a noun to refer to something that has been scattered. If you have clothes strewn all over your room, you might say there is a scatter of clothes on the floor. More commonly, though, scatter is used as a verb meaning “to spread about.” You might scatter grass seed on your front lawn in the spring. Scatter can also mean “break up or disperse.” The police, for instance, might scatter an unruly mob or gathering.

Definitions of scatter
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v cause to separate and go in different directions

“She waved her hand and scattered the crowds”
Synonyms:
break up, dispel, disperse, dissipate
Types:
disband
cause to break up or cease to function
Type of:
divide, separate
make a division or separation

v cause to separate

Synonyms:
break up, disperse
Types:
backscatter
scatter (radiation) by the atoms of the medium through which it passes
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v move away from each other

“The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached”
Synonyms:
disperse, dissipate, spread out
Types:
aerosolise, aerosolize
become dispersed as an aerosol
break
scatter or part
volley
be dispersed in a volley
Type of:
part, separate, split
go one's own way; move apart

v strew or distribute over an area

scatter cards across the table”
Synonyms:
spread, spread out
Types:
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manure, muck
spread manure, as for fertilization
birdlime, lime
spread birdlime on branches to catch birds
circumfuse
spread something around something
distribute
spread throughout a given area
Type of:
circulate, distribute, pass around, pass on
cause be distributed

v distribute loosely

“He scattered gun powder under the wagon”
Synonyms:
disperse, dot, dust, sprinkle
Types:
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spray
scatter in a mass or jet of droplets
spray
be discharged in sprays of liquid
plash, spatter, splash, splatter, splosh, swash
dash a liquid upon or against
splash, splosh, sprinkle
cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
bespangle
dot or sprinkle with sparkling or glittering objects
aerosolise, aerosolize
disperse as an aerosol
shower
spray or sprinkle with
atomise, atomize
spray very finely
mist
spray finely or cover with mist
syringe
spray or irrigate (a body part) with a syringe
puddle
make a puddle by splashing water
slosh, slosh around, slush, slush around
spill or splash copiously or clumsily
salt
sprinkle as if with salt
drizzle, moisten
moisten with fine drops
Type of:
discharge
pour forth or release

v sow by scattering

scatter seeds”
Type of:
seed, sow
place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth

n the act of scattering

Synonyms:
scattering, strewing
Type of:
spread, spreading
act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time

n a haphazard distribution in all directions

Synonyms:
spread
Types:
diffuseness
the spatial property of being spread out over a wide area or through a large volume
Type of:
dispersion, distribution
the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume

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