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verb shat·ter \ˈsha-tər\

: to break suddenly into many small pieces

: to damage (something) very badly

Full Definition of SHATTER

transitive verb
1
:  to cause to drop or be dispersed
2
a :  to break at once into pieces
b :  to damage badly :  ruin
3
:  to cause the disruption or annihilation of :  demolish
intransitive verb
1
:  to break apart :  disintegrate
2
:  to drop off parts (as leaves, petals, or fruit)
shat·ter·ing·ly \-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

Related to SHATTER

2shatter

noun

Definition of SHATTER

1
:  fragment, shred —usually used in plural <the broken vase lay in shatters>
2
:  an act of shattering :  the state of being shattered
3
:  a result of shattering :  shower

First Known Use of SHATTER

circa 1640
SHATTERING Defined for Kids

shatter

verb shat·ter \ˈsha-tər\
shat·teredshat·ter·ing

Definition of SHATTER for Kids

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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