What does shatter mean?

Definitions for shatter
ˈʃæt ərshat·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shatterverb

    break into many pieces

    "The wine glass shattered"

  2. shatterverb

    damage or destroy

    "The news of her husband's death shattered her life"

  3. shatterverb

    cause to break into many pieces

    "shatter the plate"


  1. shatterverb

    to violently break something into pieces.

  2. shatterverb

    to destroy or disable something.

  3. shatterverb

    to smash, or break into tiny pieces.

  4. shatterverb

    to dispirit or emotionally defeat

  5. Etymology: scateren. Cognate with Albanian shkatërroj,shkatrroj.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shatternoun

    One part of many into which any thing is broken at once.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Stick the candle so loose, that it will fall upon the glass of the sconce and break it into shatters. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Shatterverb

    Etymology: schetteren, Dutch.

    He rais’d a sigh so piteous and profound,
    That it did seem to shatter all his bulk,
    And rend his being. William Shakespeare.

    Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sear,
    I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude,
    And with forc’d fingers rude
    Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year. John Milton.

    They escape dissolution, because they can scarce every meet with an agent minute, and swiftly enough moved, to shatter or dissociate the combined parts. Boyle.

    A monarchy was shattered to pieces, and divided amongst revolted subjects, into a multitude of little governments. John Locke.

    Black from the stroke above, the smouldring pine
    Stands as a shatter’d trunk. James Thomson, Summer.

    A man of a loose, volatile and shattered humour, thinks only by fits and starts. John Norris.

  3. To Shatterverb

    To be broken, or to fall, by any force applied, into fragments.

    Of bodies, some are fragil; and some are tough and not fragil; and in the breaking, some fragil bodies break but where the force is; some shatter and fly in many places. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shatterverb

    to break at once into many pieces; to dash, burst, or part violently into fragments; to rend into splinters; as, an explosion shatters a rock or a bomb; too much steam shatters a boiler; an oak is shattered by lightning

  2. Shatterverb

    to disorder; to derange; to render unsound; as, to be shattered in intellect; his constitution was shattered; his hopes were shattered

  3. Shatterverb

    to scatter about

  4. Shatterverb

    to be broken into fragments; to fall or crumble to pieces by any force applied

  5. Shatternoun

    a fragment of anything shattered; -- used chiefly or soley in the phrase into shatters; as, to break a glass into shatters

  6. Etymology: [OE. schateren, scateren, to scatter, to dash, AS. scateran; cf. D. schateren to crack, to make a great noise, OD. schetteren to scatter, to burst, to crack. Cf. Scatter.]


  1. Shatter

    Shatter is a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Comics Universe. His first appearance was in Morlocks #1, created by Geoff Johns and Shawn Martinbrough.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shatter

    shat′ėr, v.t. to break or dash to pieces: to crack: to disorder: to render unsound.—v.i. to break into fragments.—n. a fragment: impaired state.—adjs. Shatt′er-brained, -pā′ted, disordered in intellect; Shatt′ery, brittle. [Scatter.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shatter in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shatter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of shatter in a Sentence

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    Let us hope there is a wave of young women running for office in America, and let's be sure we support them, in every way we can. Let's help them shatter stereotypes and lift each other up.

  2. Peggy Noonan:

    I think we are seeing a great political party shatter before our eyes, but we are witnessing history. Something important is ending. It is hard to believe what replaces it will be better. No one knows where this goes. The top of The Republican Party and the bottom have split.

  3. James Mattis:

    For the first time since World War II, Russia has been the nation that has redrawn international borders by force in Georgia and Ukraine while pursuing veto authority over their neighbors' diplomatic, economic and security decisions, president Putin seeks to shatter NATO. President Putin aims to diminish the appeal of the Western democratic model and attempts to undermine America's moral authority, President Putin actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals.

  4. Bill Clinton:

    Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it.

  5. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    We will gather forces in Israel and around the world to shatter the lies of our enemies, and we will fight for Israel's right to live in peace and security, to live at all.

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    difficult or impossible to perceive or discern
    • A. butch
    • B. eminent
    • C. indiscernible
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