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Definition of Shatter


  1. To break at once into many pieces; to dash, burst, or part violently into fragments; to rend into splinters; as, an explosion shatters a rock or a bomb; too much steam shatters a boiler; an oak is shattered by lightning.
  2. To disorder; to derange; to render unsound; as, to be shattered in intellect; his constitution was shattered; his hopes were shattered.
  3. To scatter about.
  4. To be broken into fragments; to fall or crumble to pieces by any force applied.
  5. A fragment of anything shattered; -- used chiefly or soley in the phrase into shatters; as, to break a glass into shatters.

Shatter Quotations

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.
Sun Tzu

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
George W. Bush

To reform means to shatter one form and to create another; but the two sides of this act are not always equally intended nor equally successful.
George Santayana

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.
Norman Cousins

When the mothers start to shatter, then everything just comes undone.
Tori Amos
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Shatter Translations

shatter in Danish is knuse
shatter in Dutch is intrappen, vermorzelen, verbrijzelen
shatter in Finnish is murskata
shatter in French is briser, fracassons, fracassent, fracassez
shatter in Latin is rumpo, frango
shatter in Portuguese is fragmento
shatter in Swedish is splittra, splittras

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