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Meaning of SHATTER

Pronunciation:  'shatur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  break into many pieces; "The wine glass shattered"
  2. [v]  break into many pieces; "shatter the plate"
 

SHATTER is a 7 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: break, burst, bust

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Shat"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shattered}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Shattering}.] [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. 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.
    
             A monarchy was shattered to pieces, and divided
             amongst revolted subjects.            --Locke.
    
    2. To disorder; to derange; to render unsound; as, to be
       shattered in intellect; his constitution was shattered;
       his hopes were shattered.
    
             A man of a loose, volatile, and shattered humor.
                                                   --Norris.
    
    3. To scatter about. [Obs.]
    
             Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    
  2. \Shat"ter\, v. i.
    To be broken into fragments; to fall or crumble to pieces by
    any force applied.
    
          Some fragile bodies break but where the force is; some
          shatter and fly in many places.          --Bacon.
    
    
  3. \Shat"ter\, n.
    A fragment of anything shattered; -- used chiefly or soley in
    the phrase into shatters; as, to break a glass into shatters.
    --Swift.
    
    
 

 

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