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scatter about

1. To strew, distribute, or disperse things all around (some place), especially in a haphazard or aimless manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scatter" and "about." I leaped into the pile of leaves and scattered them about. The cat jumped onto my desk and scattered about all my important documents. I scattered my grandmother's ashes about the field, as she instructed in her will.
2. To separate and distribute rays of light in many different directions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scatter" and "about." The crystal scatters the sunlight about in a myriad of colors. The gems in the cave scattered about the light from the flashlight.
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scatter around

1. To strew, distribute, or disperse things all around (some place), especially in a haphazard or aimless manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scatter" and "around." I leaped into the pile of leaves and scattered them around. The cat jumped onto my desk and scattered around all my important documents. I scattered my grandmother's ashes around the field, as she instructed in her will.
2. To separate and distribute rays of light in many different directions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scatter" and "around." The crystal scatters the sunlight around in a myriad of colors. The gems in the cave scattered around the light from the flashlight.
See also: around, scatter

scatterbrain

Someone who is very forgetful, unfocused, or disorganized. Sorry for forgetting about your recital. I've been such a scatterbrain, lately! We used to have a total scatterbrain managing our accounts, so things were all over the place for a while.

scatter something about and scatter something around

to throw or distribute something about. The children scattered the books about and left the room in a general mess. They scattered about all the books and papers.
See also: and, around, scatter

scatterbrain

n. a forgetful person; someone who is mentally disorganized. Aunt Martha is a real scatterbrain. She always forgets where her glasses are.
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There are also several strong scatters, whose powers are very high.
In the presence of light scattering, the light scatters in all directions, but the intensity varies according to the angle [theta] (the angle between the line of observation and the x axis) and the expression 1 + [cos.
It also revealed that consumers buy scatter rugs once every one to two years.
The low and high scatter groups diverged from each other by a factor of over ten to one.
Those two components of antenna scatter have historically been called structural mode and antenna mode scattering.
The Scatter Correction feature eliminates the need to use an anti-scatter grid during certain types of X-ray examinations, which streamlines workflow for technologists and makes positioning more comfortable for patients, as compared to using the detector with a grid.
Such variations were mentioned in a previous work, (20) can be explained by first considering that in very dilute systems, electromagnetic couplings are negligible and the particles scatter light quasi independently one from the other, therefore [[sigma].
Fritz and Rothe (14) carried out a more detailed analysis and emphasized the inverse relation between haze and gloss, for films where surface scatter is dominant.
But as you went on looking at the scatter piece you sensed a sort of need for those dispersed timbers to come together again and rediscover their unity.
Unlike atoms, electrons readily scatter CMB photons, bouncing them back and forth.
i] = 35[degrees], the fast scatter peak is not simulated in Figure 10(a), which may be arisen by some special source in the experiments.
But the scheme works only in environments with many objects, such as buildings, that scatter radio waves.
Different molecules scatter the light in characteristic patterns, which are affected by the tip.