- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle English schateren, variant, variety of scateren, to scatter
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verb shat·tered, shat·ter·ing, shat·ters verb, transitive
- To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
- 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.
- a. The act of shattering.b. The condition of being shattered.
- A splintered or fragmented condition. Often used in the plural: a rare piece of porcelain now in shatters.
Origin: Middle English schateren, from Old English *sceaterian, to scatter.
- shatˈter·ing·ly adverb