In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(salt/grit) esparcir(seeds) sembrar (a voleo)the bag burst, scattering her purchases — la bolsa se rompió y se le desparramaron todas las compras
- scatter some cushions around on the floor — esparce / desparrama unos cuantos cojines por el suelo
- to scatter sth over / on sth
- clothes lay scattered all over the room — había ropa desparramada / tirada por toda la habitación
- we scattered the ashes on the garden — esparcimos las cenizas por el jardín
- to scatter the floor with sand — esparcir arena por el suelo
2.1(disperse)(crowd/group) dispersarthe gunfire scattered the birds — el tiro desperdigó a los pájaros
- they are now scattered all over the country — ahora están desperdigados / diseminados por todo el país
- The group scattered when police arrived, but police were able to detain 3 Thai men and 4 Russians.
- Several people witnessed the shooting but scattered before police arrived.
- As he turned down a street a group of children scattered out of his way, abandoning the patched ball that they had been playing with in the street.
- Within minutes the people on the street had scattered and taken cover.
- They shined the light every which way, scattering the bugs and mice that had not seen any light for years.
- As the Rosary was finished a very heavy shower, sent people scattering in all directions for shelter.
- He fired several shots, and scattered the rebels, and it was owing mainly to his gallantry that the lives of the rest of the men were saved.
- A mortar burst on the pavement, scattering a group of medics.
- The effect was to scatter the crew in the holding area, and give the Germans something to think about while James got into position.
- For a moment, Jeff's blood froze; he listened in dread as another round of shots completely scattered the remaining crowd.
- Even as the three artists scatter to different corners of the globe, they're together building the shape of music to come.
- But the drivers scattered in different directions and officers failed to capture any of them, although all the vehicles were abandoned nearby.
- A manta ray flashed, scattering a school of butterfly fish, silver and striped with dark gold, each moving like the pulse of a wing.
- It will be the last time that these group of athletes take the field together before they are scattered to the winds of their individual sporting ambitions.
- Enemy forces advanced rapidly into his territory, in Batticaloa and Amparai districts, scattering his fighters.
- The bell suddenly chimed, sending the girls scattering to their different assigned seats in the classroom.
- The group scattered immediately when another group headed over to the playground.
- Young Herbert was picking up small stones and throwing them at the sparrows twittering in the hedgerows scattering them in all directions.
- She could hear the scampers of animals scattering.
- The war of 2001 destroyed that base, scattered the group and effectively ended the umbrella role he and his associates had played.
- Like a rapid silver lure shining wildly, she breaks suddenly from the branching rock and scatters three green Chromis fish.
- Everyone scattered in different directions, fighting anyone they came to.
- Across the streets, people scattered or dived to the ground against shuttered shop doorways as the rattle of Kalashnikov fire criss-crossed overhead.
- He reached down again, this time to scatter the animals, and they ran for the lakes, forests, mountains and trees.
- He faces down a bear with bow-and-arrow, scatters wolves with a slingshot, and shoots rabbits for dinner.
- After one group had enough exercise and fresh air, they would retreat to their bunkers and the next small group would scatter forth.
- Customers at the surrounding tables are looking on in horror as I send the birds scattering in their direction.
- Frank goes on in his article to tell of how their little group scattered.
- The protesters scuffled with police when officers moved in to scatter the crowd, but there were no reported injuries.
- His bellow echoed through the air, sending what could have passed off for large dogs scattering in all directions.
- Most scattered quickly as rain began to spill down and high winds blew.
- The group scattered quickly and then regrouped after the flames ended.
- Confusion and panic broke out at once, with the troops scattering in every direction.
- Police scattered striking workers and teargas was also used to disperse a striking mob at Cyril Lord.
- The group scattered and Justin scrambled to the school.
- The light scattered by a particle passing through these beams is collected and focused on a photomultiplier tube.
- One possibility is a powerful laser beaming from the nose of the plane to ‘melt’ a path through the air - scattering molecules so that they cause less friction.
- Wavelengths at the blue end of the spectrum are scattered and absorbed more than those at the red end of the spectrum, so the sunlight appears to turn yellow, and then red.
- Some of the light that is reflected from the cylinder groove is scattered, and does not re-enter the interferometer.
- These scatter electrons beyond the limiting angle of the objective aperture, leaving fewer to contribute to the image of that region, which thus appears dark.
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