To talk superficially; to babble.
* Jonathan Swift
To speak (a language) with spotty or superficial knowledge.
- Of state affairs you cannot smatter .
(figuratively) To study or approach superficially; to dabble in.
To have a slight taste, or a slight, superficial knowledge, of anything; to smack.
- to smatter Arabic
superficial knowledge; a smattering
(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