Etymology
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scattering (n.)

mid-14c., "that which has been strewn about;" late 14c., "act of dispersing," verbal noun from scatter (v.).

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Definitions of scattering

scattering (n.)
a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly;
the first scatterings of green
Synonyms: sprinkling
scattering (n.)
the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions;
scattering (n.)
a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby;
Synonyms: sprinkle / sprinkling
scattering (n.)
spreading widely or driving off;
Synonyms: dispersion
scattering (n.)
the act of scattering;
Synonyms: scatter / strewing
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