verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- shatt al arab,
- shatter cone,
Origin of shatter
Examples from the Web for shatter
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.
By now the wireless boat had come up with the Shatter, which was still making leisurely for Tralee.
To our joy we noticed the other vessel carefully manœuvring in order to come alongside the Shatter.
After an interval of about five minutes the Shatter went about and then both boats took up the chase.
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.