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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

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)

shat·ter·ing·ly play \-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of shatter

  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



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