Meaning of scattering

scat•ter•ing

Pronunciation: (skat'ur-ing), [key]
— 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.
  1. a small, scattered number or quantity.
  2. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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