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.
The glass shattered when it hit the floor.
A rare piece of porcelain now in shatters.
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").