When you shatter something, you smash it or break it into small bits. If your sister hits a baseball directly into the kitchen window, the window will shatter — and your sister will be in big trouble.

When you drop something fragile, it will probably shatter—lightbulbs, teacups, mirrors, and windows all shatter fairly easily. Things can also shatter in a less literal way, when it just feels like they're breaking apart violently. If your best friend ignores you all day, your heart shatters; and if you stumble and fall on your way up to a podium to give a speech, your confidence may shatter.

Definitions of shatter

v break into many pieces

“The wine glass shattered
Type of:
burst, bust
break open or apart suddenly and forcefully

v cause to break into many pieces

shatter the plate”
Type of:
destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments

v damage or destroy

“The news of her husband's death shattered her life”
Type of:
inflict damage upon

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