shat·ter (shăt′ər)
v. shat·tered, shat·ter·ing, shat·ters

1. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
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.


To break into pieces; smash or burst: The glass shattered when it hit the floor.


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).