- The definition of a shard is a broken piece, especially of pottery, glass or metal.
An example of a shard is a small piece of glass that broke off a window.
shard definition by Webster's New World
- a fragment or broken piece, esp. of pottery; potsherd
- Zool. a hard covering, as a shell, plate, scale, or elytron
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English sceard, akin to scieran, to shear
shard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A piece of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig; a potsherd.
- a. A fragment of a brittle substance, as of glass or metal.b. A small piece or part: “shards of intense emotional relationships that once existed” (Maggie Scarf).
- Zoology a. A tough sheath or covering, such as a shell, scale, or plate.b. The elytron or outer wing covering of a beetle.
Origin: Middle English sherd, from Old English sceard, cut, notch; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.