AskDefine | Define shard

Dictionary Definition

shard n : a broken piece of a brittle artifact [syn: sherd, fragment]

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Etymology

From < sceard.

Noun

  1. A piece of broken glass or pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig.
  2. A piece of material, especially rock and similar materials, reminding of a broken piece of glass or pottery.
  3. A tough scale, sheath, or shell; it is especially used as a term to refer to the elytra of a beetle.

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Translations

piece

References

  • (pottery) Shard, in the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, 1974 edition.

Extensive Definition

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Places

  • Shard End, an area of Birmingham, England
  • Shard London Bridge, a pyramidal skyscraper planned for London, which, if built, might become the tallest building in Europe.

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