Definition of shattered in English:



  • 1Broken into many pieces.

    ‘a snaky line of shattered glass’
    • ‘James didn't just stop Cheryl from going to the doctor with a shattered arm.’
    • ‘Today it is a shattered edifice, with bloodstains on the floor.’
    • ‘An Army officer whose legs were shattered by a Taliban bomb has become the first British woman soldier to lose a limb in Afghanistan or Iraq.’
    • ‘Fellow hostess Simone Irwin couldn't make it due to a skiing accident - a shattered upper arm.’
    • ‘The next six months were spent in hospital, undergoing extensive head and brain surgery to re-build his shattered skull.’
    • ‘Hungarian Karoly Takacs learned to use his left hand after his right was shattered by a grenade - and won gold in pistol shooting.’
    • ‘The gunmen fired mostly at random, striking cops and monks alike; the windows in several vehicles shattered.’
    • ‘The resulting explosion killed the crew, destroyed the bridge and a nearby house, and shattered windows up to a mile away.’
    • ‘They must see the burned flesh and the shattered bodies.’
    • ‘Then arose the cries of the maimed and suffering; the few who remained unhurt hastened to escape from the shattered cars.’
    • ‘The tibia portion broke in half at his heel bone, which was shattered.’
    • ‘The government swiftly had to restore order to meet its citizens ' pressing needs and rebuild its shattered infrastructure.’
    • ‘Firefighters were called to the scene, extinguished most of the blaze and pulled the pair through the shattered front windscreen.’
    • ‘The shattered skull of his father displayed what would identify him - a row of gold teeth.’
    • ‘The illustrations are not meant to be accurate renditions of the ruined docks or the shattered tobacco factory.’
    • ‘On July 9, 1984, York Minster was hit by a devastating fire, leaving its famous rose window in shattered fragments.’
    • ‘The blast destroyed the workshop and shattered windows in nearby houses.’
    • ‘The land caved into the depths below and the waters of the ocean rushed over the shattered remains.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, seven police personnel were injured, while all the windows on the front of Manggarai police headquarters were shattered.’
    • ‘The strength of this explosion was such that the windows of most neighbouring shops were shattered too.’
    1. 1.1 (of something abstract) damaged or destroyed.
      ‘a pale illusion of their shattered dreams’
      • ‘Hall has talent, but his confidence might have been shattered by a late-season benching.’
      • ‘That was the first time in my life that my faith was truly shattered.’
      • ‘In a world of magic and sorcery a generation of peace is about to be shattered by a seemingly unstoppable invader.’
      • ‘I have been shattered by the whole ordeal.’
      • ‘The delicate coalition Bush put together in 2004 is shattered.’
      • ‘That peace, Brecht knew, was about to be shattered.’
      • ‘A shattered church does not mean a shattered faith.’
      • ‘We are not unique… all these other people have had their lives shattered by tragedy, too.’
      • ‘But the amicable atmosphere was about to be shattered.’
      • ‘Here, lives are shattered, not cohesive.’
      • ‘My childhood image of him was shattered.’
      • ‘Now, their world has been cruelly shattered.’
      • ‘My meditation on the awakening day is shattered.’
      • ‘Energy Minister Brian Wilson today unveiled a "powerful" £ 40 million rescue package for the shattered mining community in Selby.’
      • ‘Orman knows more than most how easily dreams can be shattered.’
      • ‘The old order was shattered by the losses of the First World War.’
      • ‘His belief in the whole system was shattered.’
      • ‘Sadly, for those of a Welsh persuasion, those dreams were rudely shattered within minutes of the resumption.’
      • ‘This history accounts for a novel whose pages are littered with sad, shattered families.’
      • ‘God was with us all that day, no injuries, but some shattered nerves for a few people.’
    2. 1.2British informal Exhausted.
      ‘I usually feel too shattered to do more than crawl into bed’
      • ‘By the time they scale the building they would probably be too shattered to do anything anyway.’
      • ‘I'm just a tad shattered.’
      • ‘I was drained and shattered.’
      • ‘For some reason feel very shattered.’
      • ‘Sneering with disdain at the shattered panel of tasters, I calmly filled another glass.’
      • ‘After training every day, I was so shattered I was going to my bed.’
      • ‘I don't remember, just that he was absolutely shattered by the end of it!’
      • ‘They must have been exhausted by the end, but probably not as physically shattered as the performers themselves.’
      • ‘Time off is good for you if you're shattered.’
      • ‘He said: "I go after work and am absolutely shattered by the time I get home."’
      • ‘I came out of that feeling rather shattered.’
      tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent
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