Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow. synonym: break.
  • intransitive verb To damage seriously; disable.
  • intransitive verb To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy.
  • intransitive verb To break into pieces; smash or burst.
  • noun A fragment or splinter.
  • noun A scattering collection or spray of fragments.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A shattered or impaired state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To be broken into fragments; to fall or crumble to pieces by any force applied.
  • transitive verb To break at once into many pieces; to dash, burst, or part violently into fragments; to rend into splinters
  • transitive verb To disorder; to derange; to render unsound.
  • transitive verb obsolete To scatter about.
  • noun A fragment of anything shattered; -- used chiefly or soley in the phrase into shatters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to violently break something into pieces.
  • verb transitive to destroy or disable something.
  • verb intransitive to smash, or break into tiny pieces.
  • verb transitive to dispirit or emotionally defeat
  • noun archaic A fragment of anything shattered.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb break into many pieces
  • verb damage or destroy
  • verb cause to break into many pieces

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English schateren, from Old English *sceaterian, to scatter.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English scateren. Cognate with Albanian shkatërroj ("to destroy, devastate").

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