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 for scattering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scattering \Scat"ter*ing\, n.
     Act of strewing about; something scattered. --South.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scatter \Scat"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scattered; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Scattering.] [OE. scateren. See Shatter.]
     1. To strew about; to sprinkle around; to throw down loosely;
        to deposit or place here and there, esp. in an open or
        sparse order.
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              And some are scattered all the floor about.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              Why should my muse enlarge on Libyan swains,
              Their scattered cottages, and ample plains?
                                                    --Dryden.
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              Teach the glad hours to scatter, as they fly,
              Soft quiet, gentle love, and endless joy. --Prior.
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     2. To cause to separate in different directions; to reduce
        from a close or compact to a loose or broken order; to
        dissipate; to disperse.
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              Scatter and disperse the giddy Goths. --Shak.
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     3. Hence, to frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow; as, to
        scatter hopes, plans, or the like.
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     Syn: To disperse; dissipate; spread; strew.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scattering \Scat"ter*ing\, a.
     Going or falling in various directions; not united or
     aggregated; divided among many; as, scattering votes.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  scattering
      n 1: a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly; "the
           first scatterings of green"; "a sprinkling of grey at his
           temples" [syn: scattering, sprinkling]
      2: the physical process in which particles are deflected
         haphazardly as a result of collisions
      3: a light shower that falls in some locations and not others
         nearby [syn: scattering, sprinkle, sprinkling]
      4: spreading widely or driving off [syn: dispersion,
         scattering]
      5: the act of scattering [syn: scatter, scattering,
         strewing]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  89 Moby Thesaurus words for "scattering":
     a few, aloofness, anarchy, attenuation, attenuative, bit, breakup,
     broadcast, broadcasting, chaos, circumfusion, confusion, crack-up,
     diffraction, diffractional, diffractive, diffusion, diffusive,
     dilution, discontinuity, discreteness, disintegration, disjunction,
     dislocation, disorder, dispensation, dispersal, dispersion,
     dispersive, disruption, dissemination, disseminative, dissipation,
     dissipative, dissolution, distribution, distributive, divergence,
     emanation, entropy, evaporation, exfoliation, expansion, few,
     fragmentation, handful, hint, incoherence, inconsistency,
     limited number, nonadhesion, noncohesion, only a few, peppering,
     piddling few, piddling number, propagation, publication, radiance,
     radiation, radius, ray, revolution, scaling, scatterment,
     separateness, shattering, shotgun pattern, small number, smatter,
     smattering, soupcon, sowing, spatter, spattering, splay, spoke,
     spread, spreading, sprinkling, strewing, suggestion, too few,
     trickle, trifle, unadherence, unadhesiveness, untenacity,
     volatilization
  
  

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