scatter


scatter
verb
1 (T) to throw or drop a lot of things over a wide area in an irregular way: scatter sth over/on/around: Books lay scattered all over the floor. | scatter sth with sth: The sky was scattered with stars.
2 (I, T) if a group of people scatter, or if something scatters them, everyone suddenly moves in different directions, especially to escape danger: There was a sudden crack of gunfire and the crowd scattered in all directions
3 be scattered to the four winds literary to be broken up or separated and lost
—see also: scattered, scattering

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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