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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shat-er]
    • /ˈʃæt ər/
    • /ˈʃæt.ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shat-er]
    • /ˈʃæt ər/

Definitions of shatter word

  • verb with object shatter to break (something) into pieces, as by a blow. 1
  • verb with object shatter to damage, as by breaking or crushing: ships shattered by storms. 1
  • verb with object shatter to impair or destroy (health, nerves, etc.): The incident shattered his composure. 1
  • verb with object shatter to weaken, destroy, or refute (ideas, opinions, etc.): He wanted to shatter her illusions. 1
  • verb without object shatter to be broken into fragments or become weak or insubstantial. 1
  • noun shatter Usually, shatters. fragments made by shattering. 1

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Origin of shatter

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English schateren < ?; cf. scatter

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Parts of speech for Shatter


shatter popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

shatter usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shatter

verb shatter

  • actioned — Simple past tense and past participle of action.
  • axe — An axe is a tool used for cutting wood. It consists of a heavy metal blade which is sharp at one edge and attached by its other edge to the end of a long handle.
  • bang into — a loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun.
  • bankrupted — Law. a person who upon his or her own petition or that of his or her creditors is adjudged insolvent by a court and whose property is administered for and divided among his or her creditors under a bankruptcy law.
  • barged — a capacious, flat-bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers; lighter.

noun shatter

  • wrecker — a person or thing that wrecks.

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