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 plural the 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

Try again to shatter the ceiling and take the fan base somewhere unexpected. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Taking Hassan Whiteside hostage is exactly what the Trail Blazers needed," 1 July 2019 Someone used a brick to shatter the rear storm window of a home in the 600 block of North Marion Street at 1:29 a.m. June 10. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park police: Man steals package out of USPS mail truck," 14 June 2019 The ace is on pace to shatter his career-high of 30. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros mailbag: When will Jose Altuve return to action?," 13 June 2019 The Dad Gang started as an Instagram page focused exclusively on reflecting positive images of active Black dads, in an effort to shatter the negative stereotypes that have shadowed Black fathers for years and still affects us today. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "How This Black Man Is Changing The Narrative Of Fatherhood One Positive Image At A Time," 13 June 2019 El Cajon hit 104 degrees, shattering a record of 94 degrees set in 1993. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Hot enough for you? June gloom gives way to record-breaking (and baking) temperatures," 11 June 2019 To shatter stereotypes associated with modest fashion and Muslim women. Scarlett Newman, Allure, "Vogue Arabia Makes History, Puts Three Black Hijabi Models on the Cover," 29 Mar. 2019 The Sounders are 3-0 and with 10 goals scored are on pace to shatter the Major League Soccer record of 85 goals set by the 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Despite long layoff, Sounders are bracing for a challenging week ahead," 25 Mar. 2019 And for those who are a bit clumsier, dishes are less likely to shatter when dropped on wood versus stone. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Butcher-Block Countertops: Pros, Cons, and Everything Else You Should Know," 15 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The wave reaches its greatest possible height and shatters in a spray of white. Han Kang, Harper's magazine, "White Out," 10 Feb. 2019 Glass shatters, cream disperses in coffee, eggs scramble — but never the reverse. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Correlations Reverse Thermodynamic Arrow of Time," 2 Apr. 2018 Without the bread slices smothering the shatter and snap of bacon and lettuce, there’s a lot more crunch. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "The BLT gets a taco makeover," 28 Aug. 2018 She is driven enough to show up at work with glass in her hair after a drive-by shooting shatters her car window and driven enough to lie when her technology can’t match her vision. Laura Vanderkam, WSJ, "What to Give: Business Books," 15 Nov. 2018 The wealthy are paying a fairer share of taxes even as the stock market shatters records. Michael Sebastian, Town & Country, "Here's the Full Transcript of Obama's Farewell Address," 11 Jan. 2017 Each of these, individually, shatters longstanding norms about how the president is supposed to talk and think about the Department of Justice. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "We aren’t alarmed enough about Jeff Sessions’s firing," 8 Nov. 2018 Viewers are meant to feel it viscerally every time a nose shatters or a rib cracks. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Daredevil’s ‘suffering makes a man’ trope is common, familiar, and bad for everyone," 24 Oct. 2018 But, when a revelation unearths Martin’s ultimate transgressions, his American Dream shatters. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Interrobang, now in residence at Rivendell Theatre, announces 2018-19 season," 29 June 2018

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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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shatter

verb

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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