Shatter

Definition of Shatter

Shat´ter
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Shattered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shattering.]
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.
Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year.
- Milton.
v. i.1.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.
n.1.A fragment of anything shattered; - used chiefly or soley in the phrase into shatters; as, to break a glass into shatters.

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