A rare piece of porcelain now in shatters.
An example of shatter is to break a window by throwing a baseball into the top of the window.
An example of shatter is an area of broken pieces of glass.
His health was shattered by the disease.
The outcome of the conflict shattered our dreams of peace and prosperity.
The glass shattered when it hit the floor.
The accident shattered her peace of mind.
Origin of shatter
- Middle English schateren from Old English sceaterian to scatter
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 shkatÃ«rroj (“to destroy, devastate").