American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A piece of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig; a potsherd.
- n. A fragment of a brittle substance, as of glass or metal.
- n. A small piece or part: "shards of intense emotional relationships that once existed” ( Maggie Scarf).
- n. Zoology A tough sheath or covering, such as a shell, scale, or plate.
- n. Zoology The elytron or outer wing covering of a beetle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece or fragment, as of an earthen vessel; a potsherd; a fragment of any hard material.
- n. A scale; a shell, as of an egg or a snail.
- n. The wing-cover or elytrum of a beetle.
- n. A notch.
- n. A gap in a fence.
- n. An opening in a wood.
- n. A bourn or boundary; a division.
- n. The leaves of the artichoke and some other vegetables whitened or blanched.
- n. Dung; excrement; ordure.
- n. A piece of broken glass or pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig.
- n. A piece of material, especially rock and similar materials, reminding of a broken piece of glass or pottery.
- n. A tough scale, sheath, or shell; especially an elytron of a beetle.
- n. online role-playing An instance of an MMORPG that is one of several independent and structurally identical virtual worlds, none of which has so many players as to exhaust a system's resources.
- v. intransitive To fall apart into shards, usually as the result of impact or explosion.
- v. transitive To break (something) into shards.
- v. online role-playing, transitive To divide (an MMORPG) into several shards, or to establish a shard of one.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A plant; chard.
- n. A piece or fragment of an earthen vessel, or a like brittle substance, as the shell of an egg or snail.
- n. (Zoöl.) The hard wing case of a beetle.
- n. obsolete A gap in a fence.
- n. Obs. & R. A boundary; a division.
- n. a broken piece of a brittle artifact
- From Middle English, from Old English sceard. Akin to German Scharte ("notch"), Old Norse skarð ("notch, hack") ( > Danish skår). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sherd, from Old English sceard, cut, notch; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“After the bombing the Israelis had indeed bulldozed everything so that I was able to find just one piece of evidence that beauty had flourished on this hillside, a shard from a piece of colorful tile, about the size of my hand.”
“The recent world record of over 30,000 concurrent users on a single shard is a testament to the clusters capabilities and CCP is looking forward to support at least 50,000 concurrent users.”
“My babies," she said, only the last inch of the sword shard emerging from her eye socket.”
“She will persuade herself that the will of the shard is her will, and go to find the parent crystal.”
“Because the shard is a subtle thing, as is the parent crystal," he told them.”
“The striped or ferocious hyena, called the shard-wolf; and another, which the colonists call the bay-wolf, and which I believe to be the one known as the laughing hyena.”
“The striped or ferocious hyena, called the shard-wolf, and another which the colonists call the bay-wolf, and which I believe to be the one known as the laughing hyena.”
“One variable may be the population of the sturgeon's primary winter food, the gizzard shard, which is down this year, he said.”
“Bruch said one variable may be the population of the sturgeon's primary winter food, the gizzard shard, which is down this year.”
“Basically, again, if you want the long, gory details – ASK when my leg broke it splintered at the break site, so the main part of my leg is now secured with internal hardware, but there is a "shard" of bone that is not showing any signs of healing.”
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