Pronunciation: (skat'ur),[key] —v.t. 1. to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals: to scatter seeds. 2. to separate and drive off in various directions; disperse: to scatter a crowd. 3. Physics. a. to refract or diffract (light or other electromagnetic radiation) irregularly so as to diffuse in many directions.
b. (of a medium) to diffuse or deflect (light or other wave phenomena) by collisions between the wave and particles of the medium.
—v.i. to separate and disperse; go in different directions.
—n. 1. the act of scattering.
2. something that is scattered.