[ verb ] to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example
"She waved her hand and scattered the crows."
Used in print(The Providence Journal...)
A_few drops of rain just before midnight , when Sarah_Vaughan was in_the_midst of her first number , scattered the more timid members of the audience briefly , but at this hour and with Sarah on the stand , most_of the listeners did n't care whether they got wet .
[ verb ] move away from each other
"The crowds dispersed" "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
Used in print(The Family Fallout Shelter. Office of Civil and Defence...)
Radiation scatters somewhat like light .
[ verb ] distribute loosely
"He scattered gun powder under the wagon."
Used in print(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)
What you were looking_for ( unless you make a hobby of collecting old tennis_rackets and fly screens ) eludes me , but to judge from phonograph_records scattered about a fumed_oak Victrola , you danced two tangos and a paso_doble , which must have been fairly enervating in that milieu .
[ verb ] (botany) sow by scattering
Used in print(Helen Hooven Santmyer, "There Were Fences"...)
Other flowers we might gather as we pleased : myrtle and white_violets from beneath the lilacs ; the lilacs themselves , that bloomed so prodigally but for_the_most_part beyond our reach ; snowballs ; hollyhock blossoms that , turned upside_down , make pink petticoated ladies ; and the little , dark_blue larkspur that scattered its seed everywhere .