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 soonshatteredhisillusionsabout university life.
WORD FOCUS: break WORD FOCUS: break smashwith a lot of force shatterinto many pieces split into two pieces snapinto two pieces, with a sudden loud noise tearpaper/cloth burstpipe/tyre/balloon crumblebreak into a lot of small pieces disintegratebreak into a lot of small pieces and be destroyed fractureif a bone fractures or you fracture it, it breaks slightly so that a small line appears on the surface ➔ See alsobreak
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.