Simple Definition of shatter
: to break suddenly into many small pieces
: to damage (something) very badly
Full Definition of shatter
Examples of shatter in a sentence
The rock shattered the window.
His dreams were shattered by their rejection.
The end of his marriage shattered him emotionally.
Origin of shatter
Middle English schateren — more at scatter
First Known Use: 14th century
First Known Use of shatter
SHATTER Defined for Kids
Definition of shatter for Students
1 : to break or fall to pieces <The window shattered.>
2 : to destroy or damage badly <The news shattered our hopes.>
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