Definition of scatter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scatter

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈskætə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskætər//
 
 
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[usually singular] (also scattering
BrE BrE//ˈskætərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskætərɪŋ//
 
[singular]
)
a small amount or number of things spread over an area a scattering of houses
Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): probably a variant of shatter.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scatter