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Scatter, 1) tr. a) to disperse: Lucr. 136. Merch. I, 1, 33. Shr. I, 2, 50. John II, 304. III, 4, 3. H4A II, 2, 112. H4B IV, 2, 120. H5 IV, 6, 36. H6C II, 6, 93. R3 I, 4, 28. R3 I, 4, 28 H8 V, 4, 14. Tit. V, 3, 69. Tit. V, 3, 69 Per. IV, 2, 121. “--ed and dispersed,” H6A II, 1, 76. “to s. and disperse the giddy Goths,” Tit. V, 2, 78. “dispersed and --ed,” R3 IV, 4, 513.
b) to spread or set thinly: “loose now and then a --ed smile,” As III, 5, 104 (like the single ears left for the gleaners). “the troops are all --ed,” All's IV, 3, 152. “old cakes of roses were thinly --ed,” Rom. V, 1, 48.
c) to strew: “his plausive words he --ed not in ears, but grafted them,” All's I, 2, 54. “he dives into the king's soul and there --s dangers, doubts,” H8 II, 2, 27. “the cockle of rebellion, which we ourselves have ploughed for, sowed and --ed,” Cor. III, 1, 71. “the seedsman upon the slime and ooze --s his grain,” Ant. II, 7, 25.
d) to disunite, to distract: “from France there comes a power into this --ed kingdom,” Lr. III, 1, 31.
2) intr. to go dispersedly, to straggle; and hence to go at random and without a certain aim: “the commons, like an angry hive of bees that want their leader, s. up and down and care not who they sting in his revenge,” H6B III, 2, 126. “nor build yourself a trouble out of his --ing and unsure observance,” Oth. III, 3, 151.
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