American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
- v. To damage seriously; disable: His health was shattered by the disease.
- v. To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy: The outcome of the conflict shattered our dreams of peace and prosperity.
- v. To break into pieces; smash or burst. See Synonyms at break.
- n. The act of shattering.
- n. The condition of being shattered.
- n. A splintered or fragmented condition. Often used in the plural: a rare piece of porcelain now in shatters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To scatter; disperse.
- To break or rend in pieces, as by a single blow; rend, split, or rive into splinters, flinders, or fragments.
- To break; disorder; derange; impair; destroy: as, shattered nerves; a constitution shattered by dissipation.
- Synonyms Smash, etc. See dash.
- To scatter; fly apart; be broken or rent into fragments.
- n. One part of many into which anything is 'broken; a fragment: used chiefly in the plural, and in the phrase to break or rend into shatters.
- n. A shattered or impaired state.
- Of cereals, to scatter the grain on account of overripeness.
- Of soils, to fall into flakes or meal-like particles from the action of the weather instead of harsh angular particles as when broken by implements.
- v. transitive to violently break something into pieces.
- v. transitive to destroy or disable something.
- v. intransitive to smash, or break into tiny pieces.
- v. transitive to dispirit or emotionally defeat
- n. archaic A fragment of anything shattered.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To break at once into many pieces; to dash, burst, or part violently into fragments; to rend into splinters
- v. To disorder; to derange; to render unsound.
- v. obsolete To scatter about.
- v. To be broken into fragments; to fall or crumble to pieces by any force applied.
- n. A fragment of anything shattered; -- used chiefly or soley in the phrase
- v. break into many pieces
- v. damage or destroy
- v. cause to break into many pieces
- Middle English scateren. Cognate with Albanian shkatërroj ("to destroy, devastate"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English schateren, from Old English *sceaterian, to scatter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““Yeah,” he said, and listened to the word shatter like glass.”
“Today, we have films like “Ringu” (or, for the almost-as-good Americanized version, “The Ring”) that once again shatter the rules of what we know.”
“But I have heard a certain word shatter the chant divine,”
“We need also to see all the signatures that are consistent with a high velocity impact, like glasses from melting and, of course, debris; and what are called shatter cones (shocked rocks)," he told BBC News.”
“NBC's revenue target for the 2008 Games was north of $1 billion, and sales are on pace to "shatter" records from past Olympics, crows Seth Winter, senior vice president, NBC Sports & Olympics.”
“I am sorry, very very sorry, at what you are dealing with, but gloriously pleased that you are around and giving life a good punch whenever you can, and I hold you in my thoughts when you "shatter" which I now see is often in between boxing bouts ?”
“The over-run attempt was an attempt at a "shatter".”
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“Dallas -- A Texas artist said the fairy tale forest display he created for the World Balloon Convention at a Dallas hotel is designed to "shatter" perceptions.”
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