[[t]ˈʃæt ər[/t]] v. t.
1) pat to break (something) into pieces, as by a blow
2) to damage, as by breaking or crushing
3) to impair or destroy (health, nerves, etc.)
4) to weaken or refute (ideas, opinions, etc.)
5) to be broken into fragments or become weak or insubstantial
6) agr. to fall or scatter, as seeds, leaves, or fruits
7) Usu., shatters. fragments made by shattering
Etymology: 1300–50; ME schateren, obscurely akin to scatter shat′ter•er, n. shat′ter•ing•ly, adv.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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