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shard

[shahrd] /ʃɑrd/
noun
1.
a fragment, especially of broken earthenware.
2.
Zoology.
  1. a scale.
  2. a shell, as of an egg or snail.
3.
Entomology. an elytron of a beetle.
Also, sherd.
Origin of shard
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English sceard; cognate with Low German, Dutch schaard; akin to shear
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  • Captain shard now shook Ralph's hand cordially, though his eye held a rather sinister gleam.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes William Perry Brown
  • He picked up a shard of rubidium that served as a paper weight and toyed with it.

    The Stutterer R.R. Merliss
  • Well, look at the figures and lettering on the shard; you can see those.

    King John of Jingalo Laurence Housman
  • Desperately he grasped the shard which pinned his legs, and the veins swelled in his temples as he strove to thrust it off him.

    Queen of the Black Coast Robert E. Howard
  • On the floor under where it should have been I caught the flash of light from a shard of glass.

    The Gallery Roger Phillips Graham
British Dictionary definitions for shard

shard

/ʃɑːd/
noun
1.
a broken piece or fragment of a brittle substance, esp of pottery
2.
(zoology) a tough sheath, scale, or shell, esp the elytra of a beetle
Word Origin
Old English sceard; related to Old Norse skarth notch, Middle High German scharte notch
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Word Origin and History for shard
n.

also sherd, Old English sceard "incision, cleft, gap; potshard, a fragment, broken piece," from Proto-Germanic *skardas (cf. Middle Dutch schaerde "a fragment, a crack," Dutch schaard "a flaw, a fragment," German Scharte "a notch," Danish skaar "chink, potsherd"), a past participle from the root of Old English sceran "to cut" (see shear). Meaning "fragment of broken earthenware" developed in late Old English. Used late 14c. as "scale of a dragon." French écharde "prickle, splinter" is a Germanic loan-word.

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