- Shatter means broken pieces.
An example of shatter is an area of broken pieces of glass.
- Shatter is defined as to smash or break into many pieces.
An example of shatter is to break a window by throwing a baseball into the top of the window.
Glass shattered by a baseball.
- Obsolete to scatter; strew
- to break or burst into pieces suddenly, as with a blow
- to damage severely; destroy or wreck: to shatter one's health
Origin of shatterMiddle English schateren, variant, variety of scateren, to scatter
verbshat·tered, shat·ter·ing, shat·ters
- To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow. See Synonyms at break.
- a. To damage seriously; disable: His health was shattered by the disease.b. To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy: The outcome of the conflict shattered our dreams of peace and prosperity.
- often shatters A fragment or splinter: a rare piece of porcelain now in shatters.
- A scattering collection or spray of fragments: “A window broke into a shatter of glass” (Rosemund Pilcher).
Origin of shatterMiddle English schateren, from Old English *sceaterian, to scatter.
(third-person singular simple present shatters, present participle shattering, simple past and past participle shattered)
- to violently break something into pieces.
- The miners used dynamite to shatter rocks.
- a high-pitched voice that could shatter glass
- The old oak tree has been shattered by lightning.
- to destroy or disable something.
- (intransitive) to smash, or break into tiny pieces.
- to dispirit or emotionally defeat
- to be shattered in intellect; to have shattered hopes, or a shattered constitution
- (archaic) A fragment of anything shattered.
- to break a glass into shatters
From Middle English schateren (“to scatter, dash”), an assilibated form of Middle English scateren ("to scatter"; see scatter), from Old English *scaterian, scateran. Cognate with Dutch schateren (“to burst out laughing”), Low German schateren, Albanian shkatërroj (“to destroy, devastate”).