Meaning of SCATTERING in English


I. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English scatering, from scateren to scatter + -ing

1. : an act or process in which something scatters or is scattered

2. : something scattered: as

a. : a small number or quantity interspersed here and there

a scattering of visitors

b. : the random change in direction of a beam or ray due to collision of the particles, photons, or waves constituting the radiation with the particles of the medium traversed

II. adjective

Etymology: from present participle of scatter (I)

1. : going in various directions

2. : found or placed far apart and in no order : occurring at irregular intervals

scattering shots

3. : divided among many or several

scattering votes

• scat·ter·ing·ly adverb

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.