Shard definition

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A fragment or broken piece, esp. of pottery; potsherd.
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A broken piece or fragment, as of pottery or glass.
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(zool.) A hard covering, as a shell, plate, scale, or elytron.
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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.

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A piece of broken glass or pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig.
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A piece of material, especially rock and similar materials, reminding of a broken piece of glass or pottery.
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A tough scale, sheath, or shell; especially an elytron of a beetle.
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(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.
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(intransitive) To fall apart into shards, usually as the result of impact or explosion.
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To break (something) into shards.
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(online role-playing) To divide (an MMORPG) into several shards, or to establish a shard of one.
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The plant chard.

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(zoology) A tough scale or covering, such as the elytron of a beetle.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shard
Plural:
shards

Origin of shard

  • Middle English sherd from Old English sceard cut, notch sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English sceard. Akin to German Scharte (“notch"), Old Norse skarð (“notch, hack") (> Danish skÃ¥r).

    From Wiktionary