Meaning of SCATTERING in English

SCATTERING

/skat"euhr ing/ , adj.

1. distributed or occurring here and there at irregular intervals; scattered.

2. straggling, as an assemblage of parts.

3. (of votes) cast in small numbers for various candidates.

4. distributing, dispersing, or separating.

n.

5. a small, scattered number or quantity.

6. Physics. the process in which a wave or beam of particles is diffused or deflected by collisions with particles of the medium that it traverses. Cf. elastic scattering, Rayleigh scattering .

[ 1300-50; ME; see SCATTER, -ING 2 , -ING 1 ]

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