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. to be broken into fragments or become weak or insubstantial.
—n. Usually, shatters. fragments made by shattering.