[ UK /skˈætəɹɪŋ/ ]
[ US /ˈskætɝɪŋ/ ]
  1. spreading widely or driving off
  2. a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
  3. a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly
    a sprinkling of grey at his temples
    the first scatterings of green
  4. the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions
  5. the act of scattering
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How To Use scattering In A Sentence

  • However, there was no sign of desperately needed rain and a westerly roared in from Australia's arid outback, fanning flames and scattering red hot embers to start new blazes.
  • Too late - at this speed, it's approximately as effective as scattering thumbtacks in front of advancing armour.
  • Geometrical Theory of Diffraction is a fundamental algorithm in electromagnetic radiating and scattering, and programming is a key step for its application.
  • In dense media with lossless reflection arising from multiple scattering, the threshold for laser action is greatly reduced.
  • Mr. Ettinger's ideas, which he popularized in a 1963 book, "The Prospect of Immortality," spawned what some refer to as the cryonics movement, though by most accounts it is a small endeavor: a scattering of enterprises around the country with dues-paying customers totaling a few thousand, a few hundred of whom have actually been deep-frozen. NYT > Home Page
  • The scattering cells consisted of polished borosilicate vials with stoppers.
  • Nature and Law compel it: whose direction now is towards grand centripetalism, where before they had ordained heterogeneity and the scattering and aloofness of peoples. The Crest-Wave of Evolution A Course of Lectures in History, Given to the Graduates' Class in the Raja-Yoga College, Point Loma, in the College-Year 1918-19
  • The technique is based on tracking the fluorescence or scattering signal of a nanoparticle bound to the molecule of interest.
  • The room was full of Legos and random toys scattering the ground.
  • See now, rounding the headland, a forlorn hopeless bird, trembling black wings fingering the blowy air, dainty and ghostly, careless of the scattering salt.
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