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shat·ter

 (shăt′ər)
v. shat·tered, shat·ter·ing, shat·ters
v.tr.
1. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow. See Synonyms at break.
2.
a. To damage seriously; disable: His health was shattered by the disease.
b. To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy: The outcome of the conflict shattered our dreams of peace and prosperity.
v.intr.
To break into pieces; smash or burst: The glass shattered when it hit the floor.
n.
1. often shatters A fragment or splinter: a rare piece of porcelain now in shatters.
2. A scattering collection or spray of fragments: "A window broke into a shatter of glass" (Rosemund Pilcher).

[Middle English schateren, from Old English *sceaterian, to scatter.]

shat′ter·ing·ly adv.

shatter

(ˈʃætə)
vb
1. to break or be broken into many small pieces
2. (tr) to impair or destroy: his nerves were shattered by the torture.
3. (tr) to dumbfound or thoroughly upset: she was shattered by the news.
4. (tr) informal to cause to be tired out or exhausted
5. an obsolete word for scatter
n
(usually plural) obsolete or dialect a fragment
[C12: perhaps obscurely related to scatter]
ˈshatterer n
ˈshattering adj
ˈshatteringly adv

shat•ter

(ˈʃæt ər)

v.t.
1. to break (something) into pieces, as by a blow.
2. to damage, as by breaking or crushing.
3. to impair or destroy (health, nerves, etc.).
4. to weaken or refute (ideas, opinions, etc.).
v.i.
5. to be broken into fragments or become weak or insubstantial.
6. to fall or scatter, as seeds, leaves, or fruits.
n.
7. Usu., shatters. fragments made by shattering.
[1300–50; Middle English schateren, obscurely akin to scatter]
shat′ter•er, n.
shat′ter•ing•ly, adv.

shatter


Past participle: shattered
Gerund: shattering

Imperative
shatter
shatter
Present
I shatter
you shatter
he/she/it shatters
we shatter
you shatter
they shatter
Preterite
I shattered
you shattered
he/she/it shattered
we shattered
you shattered
they shattered
Present Continuous
I am shattering
you are shattering
he/she/it is shattering
we are shattering
you are shattering
they are shattering
Present Perfect
I have shattered
you have shattered
he/she/it has shattered
we have shattered
you have shattered
they have shattered
Past Continuous
I was shattering
you were shattering
he/she/it was shattering
we were shattering
you were shattering
they were shattering
Past Perfect
I had shattered
you had shattered
he/she/it had shattered
we had shattered
you had shattered
they had shattered
Future
I will shatter
you will shatter
he/she/it will shatter
we will shatter
you will shatter
they will shatter
Future Perfect
I will have shattered
you will have shattered
he/she/it will have shattered
we will have shattered
you will have shattered
they will have shattered
Future Continuous
I will be shattering
you will be shattering
he/she/it will be shattering
we will be shattering
you will be shattering
they will be shattering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shattering
you have been shattering
he/she/it has been shattering
we have been shattering
you have been shattering
they have been shattering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shattering
you will have been shattering
he/she/it will have been shattering
we will have been shattering
you will have been shattering
they will have been shattering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shattering
you had been shattering
he/she/it had been shattering
we had been shattering
you had been shattering
they had been shattering
Conditional
I would shatter
you would shatter
he/she/it would shatter
we would shatter
you would shatter
they would shatter
Past Conditional
I would have shattered
you would have shattered
he/she/it would have shattered
we would have shattered
you would have shattered
they would have shattered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.shatter - break into many pieces; "The wine glass shattered"
bust, burst - break open or apart suddenly and forcefully; "The dam burst"
2.shatter - damage or destroy; "The news of her husband's death shattered her life"
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
3.shatter - cause to break into many pieces; "shatter the plate"
break - destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"

shatter

verb
1. smash, break, burst, split, crack, crush, explode, demolish, shiver, implode, pulverize, crush to smithereens Safety glass won't shatter if it's broken.
2. destroy, ruin, wreck, blast, disable, overturn, demolish, impair, blight, torpedo, bring to nought Something like that really shatters your confidence.
3. devastate, shock, stun, crush, overwhelm, upset, break (someone's) heart, knock the stuffing out of (someone) (informal), knock sideways, knock for six, traumatize, dumbfound the tragedy which had shattered him

shatter

verb
1. To crack or split into two or more fragments by means of or as a result of force, a blow, or strain:
2. To cause the complete ruin or wreckage of:
Slang: total.
Translations
يُكَسِّر، يُهَشِّميَنْزَعِج جِدا، يَتَهشَّم
otřástroztříštit
gå i stykkerrystesmadre
mölvasetja úr skorîum, eyîileggja
sudaužytassukrėstassutrupinti
sagrautsaplīst drumslāssasist druskāssatriekt
razbitiraztreščiti se
çok sarsmakparamparça etmek

shatter

[ˈʃætəʳ]
A. VT
2. (fig) to shatter sb's health/hopesquebrantar la salud/frustrar las esperanzas de algn
I was shattered to hear ital saberlo quedé estupefacto
she was shattered by his deathsu muerte la dejó destrozada
B. VI
1. (= break) → hacerse pedazos, hacerse añicos
2. (fig) [health] → quebrantarse; [hopes] → frustrarse

shatter

[ˈʃætər]
vt
[+ window, glass] → faire voler en éclats
[+ dreams, hopes] → anéantir; [+ beliefs] → détruire; [+ peace, silence] → briser; [+ life] → détruire
to be shattered by sth [person] → être anéanti(e) par qch
vi [glass, window, vase] → voler en éclats, se fracasser

shatter

vt
(lit)zertrümmern, zerschmettern; hopes, dreamszunichtemachen; nerveszerrütten; he hurled a brick at the window, shattering it into a thousand pieceser schleuderte einen Ziegel gegen das Fenster, das in tausend Stücke zersplitterte or zersprang; the blast shattered all the windowsdurch die Explosion zersplitterten alle Fensterscheiben; to shatter something against a walletw gegen eine Wand schmettern; his hopes were shatteredseine Hoffnungen hatten sich zerschlagen
(Brit fig inf: = exhaust) → erledigen (inf); (mentally) → mitnehmen; how are you? — shattered!wie gehts? — ich bin total kaputt or erledigt (inf); she was absolutely shattered by the divorcedie Scheidung hatte sie schwer mitgenommen
(Brit inf, = flabbergast) → erschüttern; I’ve won the pools? I’m shattered!ich habe im Toto gewonnen? ich bin platt! (inf)
vizerbrechen, zerspringen; (windscreen)(zer)splittern

shatter

[ˈʃætəʳ]
1. vt (glass, window) → frantumare, mandare in frantumi; (door) → fracassare; (health) → rovinare; (career) → compromettere definitivamente; (nerves) → mandare in pezzi; (self-confidence, hope) → distruggere
2. vifrantumarsi, andare in frantumi
it shattered into a thousand pieces → è andato in mille pezzi

shatter

(ˈʃӕtə) verb
1. to break in small pieces, usually suddenly or forcefully. The stone shattered the window; The window shattered.
2. to upset greatly. She was shattered by the news of his death.
ˈshattered adjective
References in classic literature ?
I don't want you to sing it," and she laid her glass so impetuously and blindly upon the table as to shatter it against a carafe.
The pilot had hung out his lights, which was very necessary in these seas crowded with vessels bound landward; for collisions are not uncommon occurrences, and, at the speed she was going, the least shock would shatter the gallant little craft.
Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
Others learned to heal the wounded insects, whose frail limbs a breeze could shatter, and who, were it not for Fairy hands, would die ere half their happy summer life had gone.
Surely when the Achaeans have gone home with their ships, you can shatter their wall and fling it into the sea; you can cover the beach with sand again, and the great wall of the Achaeans will then be utterly effaced.
Is it fair that the folly, the sin of one's youth, if men choose to call it a sin, should wreck a life like mine, should place me in the pillory, should shatter all that I have worked for, all that I have built up.
The palace gate flies open and a force of the jeddak's own guard, picked men from the flower of the Okarian army, sallies forth to shatter the broken regiments.
There are men whose desire for truth is so great that to attain it they will shatter the very foundation of their world.
Unable to rid myself of it, since I heard your song humming ever in my head, beheld your feet dancing always on my breviary, felt even at night, in my dreams, your form in contact with my own, I desired to see you again, to touch you, to know who you were, to see whether I should really find you like the ideal image which I had retained of you, to shatter my dream, perchance, with reality.
She could not bear to share you with another; and you could bring yourself to throw away and shatter such a treasure
I shall, at least, fall from such a height, that I shall shatter myself in falling.
As the airships sailed along they smashed up the city as a child will shatter its cities of brick and card.