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Meaning of shatter

shat•ter

Pronunciation: (shat'ur), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to break (something) into pieces, as by a blow.
  2. to damage, as by breaking or crushing: ships shattered by storms.
  3. to impair or destroy (health, nerves, etc.): The incident shattered his composure.
  4. to weaken, destroy, or refute (ideas, opinions, etc.): He wanted to shatter her illusions.
—v.i.
  1. to be broken into fragments or become weak or insubstantial.
—n.
  1. Usually,fragments made by shattering.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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