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shatter

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verb shat·ter \ˈsha-tər\

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 and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

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shatter

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verb shat·ter \ˈsha-tər\

Definition of shatter for English Language Learners

  • : to break suddenly into many small pieces

  • : to damage (something) very badly


SHATTER Defined for Kids

shatter

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verb shat·ter \ˈsha-tər\

Definition of shatter for Students

shattered

shattering

  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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