Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • “Yeah,” he said, and listened to the word shatter like glass.

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  • 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.

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  • But I have heard a certain word shatter the chant divine,

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  • "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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 ?

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  • The over-run attempt was an attempt at a "shatter".

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  • Current Music: liz phair- "shatter"6 gunslingers | crown me king

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  • i think it is more lebanese then shia .. you know the lebanese culture … the thief is called shatter and the good straight person is called ahbal … sad …

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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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