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shatter

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verb shat·ter \ˈsha-tər\

Simple Definition of shatter

  • : to break suddenly into many small pieces

  • : to damage (something) very badly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shatter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to drop or be dispersed

  3. 2a :  to break at once into piecesb :  to damage badly :  ruin

  4. 3 :  to cause the disruption or annihilation of :  demolish

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to break apart :  disintegrate

  7. 2 :  to drop off parts (as leaves, petals, or fruit)

shatteringly play \-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of shatter in a sentence

  1. The rock shattered the window.

  2. His dreams were shattered by their rejection.

  3. The end of his marriage shattered him emotionally.



Origin of shatter

Middle English schateren — more at scatter


First Known Use: 14th century


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shatter

noun shat·ter

Definition of shatter

  1. 1 :  fragment, shred —usually used in plural <the broken vase lay in shatters>

  2. 2 :  an act of shattering :  the state of being shattered

  3. 3 :  a result of shattering :  shower



Circa 1640

First Known Use of shatter

circa 1640


SHATTER Defined for Kids

shatter

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verb shat·ter \ˈsha-tər\

Definition of shatter for Students

shatteredshattering

  1. 1 :  to break or fall to pieces <The window shattered.>

  2. 2 :  to destroy or damage badly <The news shattered our hopes.>





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