An example of a shard is a small piece of glass that broke off a window.
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 skarÃ° (“notch, hack") (> Danish skÃ¥r).