Definitions and Examples of disperse, scatter
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To scatter or spread over a wide area.
The protesters were ordered to disperse by the police.
To throw or distribute in various directions; to cause to separate and go in different ways.
The wind scattered the leaves all over the yard.
Key Differences: disperse vs scatter
- 1Disperse implies a movement away from a central point, while muster implies a gathering or assembling at a central point.
- 2Scatter implies a random distribution in various directions, while muster implies a deliberate gathering for a specific purpose.
Effective Usage of disperse, scatter
- 1Military Operations: Use muster to refer to the gathering of troops for inspection or deployment, and disperse to refer to the movement away from a central point.
- 2Social Gatherings: Use muster to refer to the gathering of people for a specific purpose, such as a meeting or a party, and scatter to refer to the movement away from a central point after the event is over.
- 3Natural Phenomena: Use scatter to describe the movement of objects or particles in various directions due to natural forces, such as wind or water currents.
The antonyms disperse and scatter convey the opposite meaning of gathering or assembling. Use disperse to describe the movement away from a central point, and scatter to describe the random distribution in various directions. Use muster to refer to the deliberate gathering for a specific purpose, such as military operations or social gatherings.