from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fragment of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological excavation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of ceramic from pottery, often found on an archaeological site.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A piece or fragment of a broken pot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece or fragment of an earthenware pot; any broken fragment or piece of earthenware.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shard of pottery
A potsherd is a shard of pottery with archaelogical value, and so I've settled on that word to title what will be, I hope, an occasional series of posts digging worthwhile bits and pieces out of the archives of weblogs that I read.
a potsherd is a very unfit thing to run against a brasen wall, or to dash itself upon the rock of ages.
A scraper, for which the "potsherd" of Job was a substitute.
Smash a pot, write on a potsherd Greek=ostracon the name of a politician you wish to see resign and leave the country, place in ballot box.
Rider Haggard faked up a potsherd with Greek and Latin inscriptions and included photos with one of his stories.
As discussed in chapter 2, the bountiful potsherd evidence thus far unearthed and variously named Triangular Incised Ware (TIW) and Tana ware were in all likelihood introduced and produced by proto-Northeast Coastal Bantu speakers and their descendants when they entered central-east Tanzania.
A Mexican pre-Hispanic potsherd stands next to Manuel Reyes 'representation of a three-footed vessel.
Second, it seems to me fairly odd that someone would write moral laws on a potsherd.
For example, he recently found a potsherd with a painted design, and through extrapolation has created an entire, accurately crafted three-footed vessel.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou has brought me into the dust of death.