After an interval of about five minutes the shatter went about and then both boats took up the chase.
The crew of the shatter had apparently forgotten that they could support their demand with force of arms.
Another patrol-boat, then,—but this time a much bigger and more modern one than our friend the shatter.
Fortunately, no one could see us, for the shatter had in the meantime made fast to our stern.
We were going straight for the shatter at full speed, but she made no effort to escape being rammed.
We were too much under the observation of the various signalling stations to dismount the shatter's guns and take them over.
shatter their skulls with blows from your ax and the butt of your musket.
To our joy we noticed the other vessel carefully manœuvring in order to come alongside the shatter.
Suddenly the shatter turned to port, and as she heeled over for an instant on account of the sudden turn, we read the signal.
By now the wireless boat had come up with the shatter, which was still making leisurely for Tralee.
early 14c., transitive, probably a variant of Middle English scateren (see scatter (v.)). Cf. Old Dutch schetteren Low German schateren. Formations such as scatter-brained had parallel forms in shatter-brained, etc. Intransitive sense from 1560s. Related: Shattered; shattering. Carlyle (1841) used shatterment. Shatters "fragments" is from 1630s.