To be careless, negligent, or awkward, especially with regard to dress and neatness.
To be wasteful.
(ergative) To (cause to) separate and go in different directions; to disperse.
- the police scattered the crowds
- the crowd scattered
To distribute loosely as by sprinkling.
- Scatter and disperse the giddy Goths.
- Her ashes were scattered at the top of a waterfall.
(physics) To deflect (radiation or particles).
To occur or fall at widely spaced intervals.
To frustrate, disappoint, and overthrow.
- Why should my muse enlarge on Libyan swains, / Their scattered cottages, and ample plains?
- to scatter hopes or plans