noun \ˈshärd\

: a sharp piece of something (such as glass or pottery)

Full Definition of SHARD

a :  a piece or fragment of a brittle substance <shards of glass>; broadly :  a small piece or part :  scrap <little shards of time and space recorded by the camera's lens — Rosalind Krauss>
b :  shell, scale; especially :  elytron
or sherd \ˈshərd\ :  fragments of pottery vessels found on sites and in refuse deposits where pottery-making peoples have lived
:  highly angular curved glass fragments of tuffaceous sediments

Origin of SHARD

Middle English, from Old English sceard; akin to Old English scieran to cut — more at shear
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Archaeology Terms

Attic, Byzantine, Paleolithic, cairn, core, flint, horizon, neolithic, stratum

Rhymes with SHARD


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