Definition of sherd in US English:

sherd

noun

  • another term for potsherd
    • ‘Finds included stone axes, arrow heads, one javelin head, flint tools such as blades and scrapers, and thousands of sherds of decorated pottery, many of them larger than a man's hand, with at least six complete smashed pots.’
    • ‘The only indication of age was the mention of ‘numerous small sherds of late prehistoric pottery’.’
    • ‘There were sherds of pottery all over the place.’
    • ‘During the Iron Age, people continued to visit Grimes Graves and several excavations have produced pottery sherds, although, again, no settlements have yet been found.’
    • ‘In the midst of the Anglo-Saxon burials were two crouched Bronze Age burials, both adults, associated with sherds of Beaker pottery and a small bronze awl probably dating from about 2000 BC.’
    • ‘Over 900 mould fragments, 250 crucible sherds, as well as waste products, scrap metalwork, tools and raw materials were recovered.’
    • ‘Residue analysis on pottery sherds also suggests a high reliance on corn.’
    • ‘A 1.5 by 1 m pit containing heavily baked clay and burnt sherds may be a kiln, the first of its kind for mainland Britain.’
    • ‘A few sherds of Anglo-Saxon pottery are associated with this final phase.’
    • ‘But when we began to excavate the midden material outside the buildings we came across sherds of Unstan ware pottery.’
    • ‘Colin saw human bone and Beaker sherds and called Wessex Archaeology: a team was on site that afternoon.’
    • ‘Ancient walls and pottery sherds are concentrated on the surface of Azoria at an elevation of approximately 320-370 m above sea level.’
    • ‘The presence of Woodland rim and body sherds and Great Oasis pottery, including entire vessels, already has been noted.’
    • ‘After excavation a sherd can be heated again and its stored energy released and measured.’
    • ‘The courtyard had become extremely muddy with use, and trapped in the mud were numerous sherds of pottery and other small finds.’
    • ‘Within the border zone on the nearer side of the frontier, the haul of finds during an excavation might consist of two or three sherds of Roman pottery, a glass bead or fragment of a glass bangle, some iron fragments, and quernstones.’
    • ‘But over that winter we produced something like 600 sherds of pottery, a collection of late Bronze Age metalwork, spindlewhorls, loom weights, and animal bone.’
    • ‘In addition to the nondiagnostic pipe fragment, Feature 22 contained sherds from two Mackinac Punctate vessels and one sherd with drag-jab decoration, commonly associated with the Juntunen phase.’
    • ‘Excavations at Cade 9 produced 679 pottery sherds including rims associated with two weakly collared, cord-impressed vessels.’
    • ‘Other body sherds were apparently classified by Winters as White Hall or Havana based on the thickness of the sherds (White Hall pottery generally has thinner walls than Havana pottery).’

Pronunciation

sherd

/ʃərd//SHərd/