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  • verb Present participle of shatter.

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

  • noun the act of breaking something into small pieces
  • adjective seemingly loud enough to break something; violently rattling or clattering


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  • It was granted to today's Nobel Prize winner, Professor Fermi, to succeed in shattering even the heavier and the heaviest elements in the Periodic System.

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