Shatter definition

shătər
To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
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To break or burst into pieces suddenly, as with a blow.
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To break or burst into pieces; smash.
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A fragment or splinter.

A rare piece of porcelain now in shatters.

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(obs.) To scatter; strew.
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A scattering collection or spray of fragments.
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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.

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Shatter means broken pieces.

An example of shatter is an area of broken pieces of glass.

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To damage seriously; disable.

His health was shattered by the disease.

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To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy.

The outcome of the conflict shattered our dreams of peace and prosperity.

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To break into pieces; smash or burst.

The glass shattered when it hit the floor.

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To damage severely; destroy or wreck.

The accident shattered her peace of mind.

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Broken pieces.
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To violently break something into pieces.

The miners used dynamite to shatter rocks.

A high-pitched voice that could shatter glass.

The old oak tree has been shattered by lightning.

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To destroy or disable something.
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(intransitive) To smash, or break into tiny pieces.
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To be shattered in intellect; to have shattered hopes, or a shattered constitution.

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(archaic) A fragment of anything shattered.

To break a glass into shatters.

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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 shkatërroj (“to destroy, devastate").

    From Wiktionary