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English noun: scatter

1. scatter (attribute) a haphazard distribution in all directions


Broader (hypernym)dispersion, distribution

Narrower (hyponym)diffuseness

2. scatter (act) the act of scattering

Synonymsscattering, strewing

Broader (hypernym)spread, spreading

English verb: scatter

1. scatter (motion) to cause to separate and go in different directions

SamplesShe waved her hand and scattered the crowds.

Synonymsbreak up, dispel, disperse, dissipate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)divide, separate

Narrower (hyponym)disband

2. scatter (motion) move away from each other

SamplesThe crowds dispersed.
The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached.

Synonymsdisperse, dissipate, spread out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)part, separate, split

Narrower (hyponym)aerosolise, aerosolize, break, volley

3. scatter (contact) distribute loosely

SamplesHe scattered gun powder under the wagon.

ExamplesThey scatter sugar over the cake

Synonymsdisperse, dot, dust, sprinkle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)discharge

Narrower (hyponym)aerosolise, aerosolize, bespangle, plash, spatter, splash, splash, splatter, splosh, splosh, spray, spray, sprinkle, swash

4. scatter (contact) sow by scattering

SamplesScatter seeds.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)seed, sow

5. scatter (change) cause to separate

SamplesBreak up kidney stones.
Disperse particles.

Synonymsbreak up, disperse

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

Narrower (hyponym)backscatter

6. scatter (motion) strew or distribute over an area

SamplesHe spread fertilizer over the lawn.
Scatter cards across the table.

Synonymsspread, spread out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)circulate, distribute, pass around, pass on

Narrower (hyponym)birdlime, circumfuse, distribute, lime, manure, muck

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