Definition of shard in English:

shard

noun

  • A piece of broken ceramic, metal, glass, or rock, typically having sharp edges.

    ‘shards of glass flew in all directions’
    • ‘Ignoring the shards of glass that pierced his hands and knees, he fumbled towards her.’
    • ‘The wings were shards of mossy glass - shards of a broken mirror, each adorned by a frightening eye.’
    • ‘She gave him her hand, and he looked down at the small cut that had protruding from it a tiny shard of glass.’
    • ‘Saying that shards of broken glass are razor sharp is an understatement.’
    • ‘I climbed through the broken window, snagging the end of my old dress on the shards of glass.’
    • ‘The restaurant was gutted by the blast, while shards of glass covered the street.’
    • ‘There were men, all with their faces covered, tidying the shards of glass from the hall.’
    • ‘Chris flinched away from the shards of glass, but the window remained intact and transparent.’
    • ‘It detonated and smoke covered the room, sending shards of glass spraying over us.’
    • ‘It sent shards of broken window glass flying and tossed rows of chairs across the terminal.’
    • ‘I've chipped too many porcelain pots to be comfortable with the idea of glass shards in my first cup of the day.’
    • ‘And they say that the broken shards of glass missed his jugular vein by inches.’
    • ‘Parliament house is too far away, and our thick curtains would contain any glass shards.’
    • ‘Her feet suffered many cuts due to the broken shards of glass on the filthy floor.’
    • ‘He pulled himself to his feet and brushed the dirt and glass shards off of himself.’
    • ‘The shards of glass that have fallen inside the booth rattle in sympathy with the grinding percussive rhythm.’
    • ‘Windows were shattered and shards of glass littered the scorched pavement.’
    • ‘There was a smell of burnt rubber and shards of glass littered the pub entrance.’
    • ‘Our emotions will be erupting like thermal steam vents, containing sharp silica glass shards from lava rock.’
    • ‘On the back seat of his car the police found a small metal ball and shards of the broken windshield.’
    piece, fragment, bit, sliver, splinter, shiver, chip, particle, scrap
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Origin

Old English sceard ‘gap, notch, potsherd’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaarde ‘notch’, also to shear.

Pronunciation

shard

/ʃɑːd/