- a fragment, especially of broken earthenware.
- a scale.
- a shell, as of an egg or snail.
- Entomology. an elytron of a beetle.
Origin of shard
Examples from the Web for shard
Shard glass from the historic church was recently donated to the museum, which is scheduled to open in 2015.50 Years Later: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
Lottie L. Joiner
September 15, 2013
The Brooklyn Bridge, London's Shard, Notre Dame—each structure is an expedition waiting to happen.The Week’s Best Longreads for March 16, 2013
March 16, 2013
One person who wasn't impressed by Prince Andrew's abseil down the Shard: writer Grace Dent.Underwhelmed by Andy
September 6, 2012
Here's Prince Andrew abseiling down the Shard in London earlier this week.The Grand Old Duke Of York
September 6, 2012
She turned away from the audience to smash a glass goblet, raising a shard to her throat.Jane Fonda’s New Biography: 14 Juicy Bits
August 23, 2011
And, faster and faster still, they crashed into the shard of steel.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
He picked up a shard of rubidium that served as a paper weight and toyed with it.The Stutterer
On the floor under where it should have been I caught the flash of light from a shard of glass.The Gallery
Roger Phillips Graham
Well, look at the figures and lettering on the shard; you can see those.
Then, as he examined them, he saw that the shard and the four films had been changed.
- a broken piece or fragment of a brittle substance, esp of pottery
- zoology a tough sheath, scale, or shell, esp the elytra of a beetle
Word Origin and History for shard
also sherd, Old English sceard "incision, cleft, gap; potshard, a fragment, broken piece," from Proto-Germanic *skardas (cf. Middle Dutch schaerde "a fragment, a crack," Dutch schaard "a flaw, a fragment," German Scharte "a notch," Danish skaar "chink, potsherd"), a past participle from the root of Old English sceran "to cut" (see shear). Meaning "fragment of broken earthenware" developed in late Old English. Used late 14c. as "scale of a dragon." French écharde "prickle, splinter" is a Germanic loan-word.