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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

scatterbrain

n. a forgetful person; someone who is mentally disorganized. Aunt Martha is a real scatterbrain. She always forgets where her glasses are.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It is important to note that both BPT and VPRT lead to formally identical expressions of the first-order scattered field.
In the next step an infrared heater melts the scattered grit, which is therewith connected to the base material web.
The scattered fields according to the Stratton-Chu formula may be expressed as [2, 5]
Scatter diagram of the normalized scattering vectors in standard 2simplex is shown in Fig.
The ability of [TiO.sub.2] to scatter light in a coating depends on particle size; the difference in refractive index of the [TiO.sub.2] particle and its surroundings; and the proximity of the [TiO.sub.2] particles to one another.
As this kind of material scatters light when it reaches its LCST as shown in Figure 1, it is very significant to determine its angular transmittance, which is a key factor in affecting a window's energy performance [3].
It will be assumed that the material inside the cuvette both absorbs and scatters the light passing through it.
Static measurements rely upon the inverse relationship between particle size and the angle at which the particle scatters incident light.
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.sup.2]([theta]) gives the relative intensity (4).
Tiny water particles in the skin refract and scatter light but by taking away the water, it means the skin tissue no longer scatters light as it passes through.
Such an antenna, when terminated in a matched load, will absorb exactly the same amount of power that it scatters.
Animal tissue also scatters light, making it difficult to use visible or infrared light as a probe to locate and characterize tumors within the body.
By studying the scattering spectrum, we have found LSP like modes of the proposed structure, which scatters a much larger amount of energy of the incident wave than a dielectric or a PEC structure of same dimensions does.
The scattering parameters [S.sup.(i).sub.11], [S.sup.(i).sub.12], [S.sup.(i).sub.21], and [S.sup.(i).sub.22] are square matrices that quantify how energy scatters among the different eigen-modes.
For a homogeneous, isotropic, monatomic and dilute gas sample of particle number density [rho], neutron scattering can be described by the so-called coherent wave that scatters off a macroscopic optical potential.