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Synonyms for scattering

Synonyms for scattering

a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly

the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions

a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby

spreading widely or driving off

the act of scattering

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For instance, to scatter seed is called sowing: but the action of the sun in scattering his rays is nameless.
But he had the tiresome tricks of biting his perch, pulling his feathers out, scattering refuse and spilling the water of his bath.
Orderlies and couriers occasionally broke through the throng in the roadway, scattering wounded men right and left, galloping on fol- lowed by howls.
Eva looked, and saw from every flower a tiny form come forth to welcome the Elves, who all, save Rose-Leaf, had flown above the wall, and were now scattering dew upon the flowers' bright leaves and talking gayly with the Spirits, who gathered around them, and seemed full of joy that they had come.
Scattering money round about him as Heaven sprinkles rain.
On the other side was Bullivant, scattering jests and mockery as he rode along.
So prodigious was the number of the birds that the scattering fire of the guns, with the hurling of missiles and the cries of the boys, had no other effect than to break off small flocks from the immense masses that continued to dart along the valley, as if the whole of the feathered tribe were pouring through that one pass.
There could be seen, starting from the soil, delicate jets of water scattering in all directions, crossing and recrossing each other, mingling, contending in the swiftness of their progress, and all rushing toward that nascent stream which became a river after having drunk them in.
However, as certain men have fertile, false, and useful vices, Fouquet, in scattering broadcast millions of money in the construction of this palace, had found a means of gathering, as the result of his generous profusion, three illustrious men together: Levau, the architect of the building; Lenotre, the designer of the gardens; and Lebrun, the decorator of the apartments.
The children got to know his figure, and the sparrows expected their daily scattering of bread- crumbs.
Why, they're made in a good many small pieces," explained the kangaroo; "and whenever any stranger comes near them they have a habit of falling apart and scattering themselves around.
More in whim than in hope of result, grinning to himself as he did so, Sheldon raised his automatic pistol and in two seconds sent eight shots scattering through the trees in the direction in which Tudor had disappeared.
It's like scattering grain to the ducks, the way they pick it up
I am thinking," he remarked quietly, "whether I shall add to the disorder in this room by scattering your brains about the fireplace.
He opened the glass of the dull lamp, whose wick, burnt up and swollen like a drunkard's nose, came flying off in little carbuncles at the candle's touch, and scattering hot sparks about, rendered it matter of some difficulty to kindle the lazy taper; when a noise, as of a man snoring deeply some steps higher up, caused him to pause and listen.