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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

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

A war, with its attendant human suffering, must, when that evil is unavoidable, be made to fragment more than buildings: It must shatter the foundations of thought and re-create. Only in this way does every individual share in the cataclysm and understand the purpose of sacrifice.
Wole Soyinka

It's not unexpected that shooting massive amounts of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into the earth to shatter shale and release natural gas might shake things up. But earthquakes aren't the worst problem with fracking.
David Suzuki

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

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