Pronunciation: (shat'ur), [key]
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.
to be broken into fragments or become weak or insubstantial.
Usually, shatters. fragments made by shattering.
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