usage: the act of breaking something into small pieces
1. shatter, burst, bust
usage: break into many pieces; "The wine glass shattered"
2. shatter, damage
usage: damage or destroy; "The news of her husband's death shattered her life"
3. shatter, break
usage: cause to break into many pieces; "shatter the plate"
1. shattering, loud (vs. soft)
usage: seemingly loud enough to break something; violently rattling or clattering; "shattering rain striking the windowpanes"; "the shattering tones of the enormous carillon"; "the shattering peal of artillery"