from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. 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. To fall apart into shards, usually as the result of impact or explosion.
- v. To break (something) into shards.
- v. To divide (an MMORPG) into several shards, or to establish a shard of one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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. The hard wing case of a beetle.
- n. A gap in a fence.
- n. A boundary; a division.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a broken piece of a brittle artifact
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)
From Middle English, from Old English sceard. Akin to German Scharte ("notch"), Old Norse skarð ("notch, hack") ( > Danish skår). (Wiktionary)