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shard

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noun \ˈshärd\

Simple Definition of shard

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

Full Definition of shard

  1. 1a :  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

  2. 2 or sherd play \ˈshərd\ :  fragments of pottery vessels found on sites and in refuse deposits where pottery-making peoples have lived

  3. 3 :  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

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shard

play
noun \ˈshärd\

Definition of shard

  1. :  a sharp piece or fragment of something




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