a fragment, especially of broken earthenware.
a shell, as of an egg or snail.
Entomology. an elytron of a beetle.
- Also sherd [shurd] /ʃɜrd/ .
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How to use shard in a sentence
That puts us at the mercy of every tech platform and app maker that is fighting for precious shards of our attention.How to actually tune out by turning off your notifications | Scott Rosenberg | December 31, 2020 | Axios
He and his colleagues at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics had gathered shards of dolomite eroded from a cliff face on the Hármashatárhegy mountain in Budapest.Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology | Joshua Sokol | November 19, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Workers wore safety goggles to protect their eyes from the shards of metal that blew in their faces.Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories | by Melissa Sanchez | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
Those powdery bits are like “broken shards of glass,” notes Mihály Horányi.This high-tech sweeper is designed for super-clingy moon dust | Jack J. Lee | October 13, 2020 | Science News For Students
If your armor is almost gone, use the shoulder mounted flamethrower to turn a damned soul into a fountain of green armor shards.Doom Eternal Is the Best Doom Game Ever Made, Period | Matthew Gault | March 19, 2020 | Time
A couple weeks ago, I found a pea-sized shard of shrapnel from a past attack in a parking lot.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins | Nick Willard | May 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 DAILY BEAST
The Brooklyn Bridge, London's shard, Notre Dame—each structure is an expedition waiting to happen.
One person who wasn't impressed by Prince Andrew's abseil down the shard: writer Grace Dent.
Here's Prince Andrew abseiling down the shard in London earlier this week.
He picked up a shard of rubidium that served as a paper weight and toyed with it.The Stutterer | R.R. Merliss
shard bent his eyes sharply on Ralph, and once more the boy felt uncomfortable.
Captain shard gathered up his reins, nodded carelessly, and went off down the street in a small cloud of dust.
shard was smiling seductively, though his gaze seemed hard and penetrating.
Apparently Sparrow crossed somewhere about the present shard Bridge.The Great Civil War in Lancashire (1642-1651) | Ernest Broxap
British Dictionary definitions for shard
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
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