An example of a shard is a small piece of glass that broke off a window.
- a fragment or broken piece, esp. of pottery; potsherd
- Zool. a hard covering, as a shell, plate, scale, or elytron
Origin of shardMiddle English from Old English sceard, akin to scieran, to shear
- A broken piece or fragment, as of pottery or glass.
- Zoology A tough scale or covering, such as the elytron of a beetle.
Origin of shardMiddle English sherd from Old English sceard cut, notch ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A piece of broken glass or pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig.
- A piece of material, especially rock and similar materials, reminding of a broken piece of glass or pottery.
- A tough scale, sheath, or shell; especially an elytron of a beetle.
- (online role-playing) An instance of an MMORPG that is one of several independent and structurally identical virtual worlds, none of which has so many players as to exhaust a system's resources.
(third-person singular simple present shards, present participle sharding, simple past and past participle sharded)
- (intransitive) To fall apart into shards, usually as the result of impact or explosion.
- To break (something) into shards.
- (online role-playing) To divide (an MMORPG) into several shards, or to establish a shard of one.
From Middle English, from Old English sceard. Akin to German Scharte (“notch"), Old Norse skarÃ° (“notch, hack") (> Danish skÃ¥r).
- The plant chard.