- to break (something) into pieces, as by a blow.
- to damage, as by breaking or crushing: ships shattered by storms.
- to impair or destroy (health, nerves, etc.): The incident shattered his composure.
- to weaken, destroy, or refute (ideas, opinions, etc.): He wanted to shatter her illusions.
- to be broken into fragments or become weak or insubstantial.
- Usually shatters. fragments made by shattering.
Origin of shatter
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Examples from the Web for shattered
Shattered by the verdict, I understood our country to be in a dismal state.Maya Angelou Knew How To Inspire As A Writer, Teacher, and Great Human Being
May 28, 2014
Shattered completely, she crumbled toward the exit and disappeared.The GOP’s Real Ted Nugent Problem
February 22, 2014
There will be a lot of “This Is How We Live Now” and “Shattered Innocence” in the weeks to come.We Can Do Well
April 17, 2013
Shattered glass from a row of blown-out windows crunched beneath her feet.Egypt's Church Bombing: Was Al Qaeda Responsible?
January 2, 2011
Shattered pieces of glass and yellow police tape surrounded the spot.Hollywood Murder Stumps Detectives
November 18, 2010
Any cold and cruel dawn may show it, Shattered, desecrated, overthrown.Legends and Lyrics: Second Series
Adelaide Anne Procter
Shattered, humiliated, sullen, the horse wheeled and returned.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,
George Alfred Townsend
Shattered rock was thick on the floor, and they skidded and tumbled over it.Planet of the Damned
Shattered also was the fair shape that held the spirit of Stella.Stella Fregelius
H. Rider Haggard
Shattered by the scorn of the Puritans, the stage had not dared to raise its arm for a blow.The English Stage
- broken into many small pieces
- impaired or destroyed
- dumbfounded or thoroughly upset
- informal tired out or exhausted
- to break or be broken into many small pieces
- (tr) to impair or destroyhis nerves were shattered by the torture
- (tr) to dumbfound or thoroughly upsetshe was shattered by the news
- (tr) informal to cause to be tired out or exhausted
- an obsolete word for scatter
- (usually plural) obsolete, or dialect a fragment
Word Origin and History for shattered
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.