[ shat-er ]
/ ˈʃæt ər /
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verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to be broken into fragments or become weak or insubstantial.
Usually shatters. fragments made by shattering.
OTHER WORDS FOR shatter
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Origin of shatter
1300–50; Middle English schateren< ?; cf. scatter
synonym study for shatter
1. See break.
OTHER WORDS FROM shatter
shat·ter·er, nounshat·ter·ing·ly, adverbnon·shat·ter, nounnon·shat·ter·ing, adjective
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How to use shatter in a sentence
Shattering another “model-minority” myth, there are far more poor Asian-Americans than you might think.Texas Teenager Diane Tran Jailed for Working Hard|Joie Chen|May 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Through the black fir-forestThunder harsh and dry, Shattering down the snow-flakesOff the curdled sky.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886|Ministry of Education
British Dictionary definitions for shatter
/ (ˈʃætə) /
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
Derived forms of shattershatterer, nounshattering, adjectiveshatteringly, adverb
Word Origin for shatter
C12: perhaps obscurely related to scatter
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