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English noun: scatter

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


Synonymsspread


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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