[ UK /skˈætəd/ ]
[ US /ˈskætɝd/ ]
  1. lacking orderly continuity
    a confused set of instructions
    a confused dream about the end of the world
    scattered thoughts
    disconnected fragments of a story
  2. occurring or distributed over widely spaced and irregular intervals in time or space
    scattered villages
    scattered showers
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How To Use scattered In A Sentence

  • Brigalow vegetation is found to the east, and gidgee (A. cambagei) woodlands or shrublands are scattered across the region on alluvium or other more fertile clay soils. Eastern Australia mulga shrublands
  • I could perceive no trace of a metallic vein, so thoroughly had it been worked out, but scattered over the hillside with schist, talcose slate, and fragments of quartz, was a great deal of scoriae, showing that metal of some kind had been excavated, and that the smelting had been done on the spot. Wanderings by southern waters, eastern Aquitaine
  • Nilufer Bharucha, faculty in the department of English and project coordinator, explained that the term diaspora means to be scattered or dispersed across national boundaries, and has been self-consciously used today by postcolonial theorists to describe those who got displaced from their home owing to colonial politics and post-colonial economic realities. Analysis
  • Besides that, there flourished some tufts of velvety grass, some scattered reeds, two plants of the yellow herb called tansy, four of a red flower, and a pretty white one; but the treasures of the rock consisted of three roots of garlic, which Maie had put in a cleft. The Lilac Fairy Book
  • Even in smaller hamlets or regions of scattered farmsteads, forms of interdependence may be recognized in early laws and custumals.
  • Scattered trees, mainly acacias and junipers, dot the savanna.
  • The group scattered and Justin scrambled to the school.
  • She absent-mindedly made a neat pile of the scattered magazines on the coffee table.
  • Scattered throughout the plasma in cells are organelles called mitochondria.
  • The surface of the land is scattered with fragments of white silex and fine red jasper, banded with black oligistic iron: this rock, close, hard, and fine enough to bear cutting, appears everywhere in scatters and amongst the conglomerates. The Land of Midian
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