shatter

verb
shat·​ter | \ ˈsha-tər How to pronounce shatter (audio) \
shattered; shattering; shatters

Definition of shatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to drop or be dispersed
2a : 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 (such as leaves, petals, or fruit)

shatter

noun

Definition of shatter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from shatter

Verb

shatteringly \ ˈsha-​tə-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce shatteringly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of shatter in a Sentence

Verb The rock shattered the window. His dreams were shattered by their rejection. The end of his marriage shattered him emotionally.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, the Mail Online has now confirmed that these rumors are unfounded, which is bound to shatter a million hearts. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Harry Styles Is Not the Next James Bond, so Just Cancel the Franchise Already," 3 Oct. 2020 That has helped shatter the myth that New York City real estate, and Times Square in particular, was one of the best places in the world to invest. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "How Covid Broke Times Square, the Heart of New York’s Economy," 2 Oct. 2020 When the city first estimated how the virus would shatter its budget, CFO Jeffrey DeWitt said, top officials assumed that the business restrictions due to the virus would end by the Fourth of July. Washington Post, "Pandemic hit less than feared in 2020, but will hurt D.C. budget next year more than originally forecast," 30 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately for his administration, however — and for the cause of transatlantic stability — Europe’s strategic realities are proving harder to shatter than those of the Middle East. Peter Rough, National Review, "The Bull in Europe’s China Shop," 27 Sep. 2020 That would shatter the old record for a quarterly GDP increase, a 16.7% surge in the first quarter of 1950 when Harry Truman was president. Arkansas Online, "Economy plunges 31.4% in spring but big rebound expected," 30 Sep. 2020 That would shatter the old record for a quarterly GDP increase, a 16.7% surge in the first quarter of 1950 when Harry Truman was president. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "U.S. economy plunges 31.4% in spring during pandemic but big rebound expected," 30 Sep. 2020 Costello couldn’t shatter records without capable wide receivers to throw to. Tyler Horka, USA TODAY, "Mike Leach has dazzling SEC debut as Mississippi State coach as Bulldogs top No. 5 LSU," 27 Sep. 2020 Israel is both an example of subsidized child care’s power to narrow gender gaps at work, and a cautionary tale about how easily the pandemic can shatter that fragile progress. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "Pandemic Will ‘Take Our Women 10 Years Back’ in the Workplace," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amid the hilarity, the profundity, and the audacity, hypocrisies and orthodoxies shatter. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Sixty-two Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking," 14 Oct. 2020 That controversy and the trauma of being publicly assaulted shatter Jess’s confidence and send her into a long period of anxious isolation. Washington Post, "Scott O’Connor’s ‘Zero Zone’ is a sophisticated thriller about the power of art," 5 Oct. 2020 My heart’s rough gem, calcified, fossil of some long-ago feeling— shatter-ready and stubborn. Vandana Khanna, The New Republic, "The Suitors Demand an Audience," 25 Sep. 2020 Plastic is standard for most blenders, and the most expensive models are made using BPA-free Tritan plastic, a super-durable, shatter-proof and lightweight material that comes with a long lifespan. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best blenders of 2020," 19 Aug. 2020 Plastic is standard for most blenders, and the most expensive models are made using BPA-free Tritan plastic, a super-durable, shatter-proof and lightweight material that comes with a long lifespan. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best blenders of 2020," 19 Aug. 2020 The glass portion of the door struck a large planter, causing the glass to shatter. cleveland, "Former beau admits to ex-girlfriend that he vandalized her car: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 15 Aug. 2020 That would harm marine life, disrupt vital Red Sea shipping lanes and shatter regional economies. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "After Beirut, an abandoned Yemeni oil tanker is renewing fears of another disastrous explosion," 8 Aug. 2020 While the Richard Montgomery is more than a mile from shore, Forbes warns an explosion would cause a mini-tsunami between 4 and 16 feet high, shatter windows for miles, and have a devastating effect on passing ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could a World War II Shipwreck Cause the Next Beirut-Like Explosion?," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shatter

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shatter

Verb

Middle English schateren — more at scatter

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Time Traveler for shatter

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The first known use of shatter was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shatter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shatter. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for shatter

shatter

verb
How to pronounce shatter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shatter

: to break suddenly into many small pieces
: to damage (something) very badly

shatter

verb
shat·​ter | \ ˈsha-tər How to pronounce shatter (audio) \
shattered; shattering

Kids Definition of shatter

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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