verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of shatter
Synonyms for shatter
Related Words for shattersmash, dash, splinter, wreck, ruin, explode, exhaust, demolish, crush, impair, disable, split, fracture, crack, snap, destroy, blast, burst, rattle, devastate
Examples from the Web for shatter
Historical Examples of shatter
Shatter their skulls with blows from your ax and the butt of your musket.Fighting France
The crew of the Shatter had apparently forgotten that they could support their demand with force of arms.
Fortunately, no one could see us, for the Shatter had in the meantime made fast to our stern.
The following interesting dialogue, which was conducted in English, now took place between the captain of the Shatter and my mate.
We were too much under the observation of the various signalling stations to dismount the Shatter's guns and take them over.
Word Origin for shatter
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.