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)



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