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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Old English sceaterian

shatter

verb
     
shat‧ter
1 [intransitive and transitive] to break suddenly into very small pieces, or to make something break in this way
shatter into
The plate hit the floor, and shattered into tiny bits.
The explosion shattered the building.
2 [transitive] to completely destroy someone's hopes, beliefs, or confidence:
Their hopes and dreams were shattered by war.
A few weeks in a tiny damp room soon shattered his illusions about university life.
WORD FOCUS: break WORD FOCUS: break
smash with a lot of force
shatter
into many pieces
split
into two pieces
snap
into two pieces, with a sudden loud noise
tear
paper/cloth
burst
pipe/tyre/balloon
crumble
break into a lot of small pieces
disintegrate
break into a lot of small pieces and be destroyed
fracture
if a bone fractures or you fracture it, it breaks slightly so that a small line appears on the surface


See also
break

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