from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
- transitive v. To damage seriously; disable: His health was shattered by the disease.
- transitive v. To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy: The outcome of the conflict shattered our dreams of peace and prosperity.
- intransitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to violently break something into pieces.
- v. to destroy or disable something.
- v. to smash, or break into tiny pieces.
- v. to dispirit or emotionally defeat
- n. A fragment of anything shattered.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To break at once into many pieces; to dash, burst, or part violently into fragments; to rend into splinters
- transitive v. To disorder; to derange; to render unsound.
- transitive v. To scatter about.
- intransitive 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 into shatters.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. break into many pieces
- v. damage or destroy
- v. cause to break into many pieces
Middle English schateren, from Old English *sceaterian, to scatter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English scateren. Cognate with Albanian shkatërroj ("to destroy, devastate"). (Wiktionary)