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.


  1. shatter

    Shatter is a verb that generally means to break or fracture something into many pieces typically as a result of a forceful impact or blow. It could also mean to destroy or disrupt something completely, leaving it damaged irreparably. Furthermore, it can be used figuratively to refer to the abrupt ending or collapse of a state, condition, or situation. It may also refer to the breaking of a record.

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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  2. threats

  3. rathest

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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. Trip Jennings:

    I got hit right in the eye, i remember seeing the lens of my gas mask shatter and then closing my eye and just blood inside of my mask.

  2. Ellen Malcolm:

    In 2016, it is time to shatter that glass ceiling and put a woman in the White House, it is time to finish the job. We want Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States.

  3. 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.

  4. Dmytro Kuleba:

    Economically, because of sanctions that will be slammed on Russia immediately. Militarily, because we are not the country that will give up. This is our land, we will be defending it, you see, [Russia] tried to suffocate us, destabilize us, and shatter us from the inside for the last 300 years. But they failed. I'm still sitting here with you, a foreign minister of independent Ukraine. We know the threat, we understand it, we learned how to live with it, and we stand for a just cause.

  5. Chris Ivy:

    An eight-figure auction result in the sports market was the stuff of fantasy just a decade ago, we always knew this card would shatter records and expectations. But that doesn't make it any less of a thrill to be part of an auction during which a single item breaks the eight-figure threshold for the first time. It's an extraordinary accomplishment for our wonderful team of sports experts at Heritage Auctions shared with CNN. And, of course, we could not have done it without Anthony Giordano, Anthony Giordano, who put Anthony Giordano trust in Heritage Auctions.Mantle to bring this amazing card to market.

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    A descant
    B suffuse
    C caddie
    D abrade

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