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shatter

[shat-er] /ˈʃæt ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to break (something) into pieces, as by a blow.
2.
to damage, as by breaking or crushing:
ships shattered by storms.
3.
to impair or destroy (health, nerves, etc.):
The incident shattered his composure.
4.
to weaken, destroy, or refute (ideas, opinions, etc.):
He wanted to shatter her illusions.
verb (used without object)
5.
to be broken into fragments or become weak or insubstantial.
noun
6.
Usually, shatters. fragments made by shattering.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English schateren < ?; cf. scatter
Related forms
shatterer, noun
shatteringly, adverb
nonshatter, noun
nonshattering, adjective
unshattered, adjective
Synonyms
1. shiver, split, crack. See break.
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shatter

/ˈʃætə/
verb
1.
to break or be broken into many small pieces
2.
(transitive) to impair or destroy his nerves were shattered by the torture
3.
(transitive) to dumbfound or thoroughly upset she was shattered by the news
4.
(transitive) (informal) to cause to be tired out or exhausted
5.
an obsolete word for scatter
noun
6.
(usually pl) (obsolete or dialect) a fragment
Derived Forms
shatterer, noun
shattering, adjective
shatteringly, adverb
Word Origin
C12: perhaps obscurely related to scatter
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Word Origin and History for non shatter

shatter

v.

early 14c., transitive, probably a variant of Middle English scateren (see scatter (v.)). Cf. Old Dutch schetteren Low German schateren. Formations such as scatter-brained had parallel forms in shatter-brained, etc. Intransitive sense from 1560s. Related: Shattered; shattering. Carlyle (1841) used shatterment. Shatters "fragments" is from 1630s.

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