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Other Shard Definition

[n] a broken piece of a brittle artifact

Synonyms

fragment, sherd

See Also...

piece, potsherd

Misc. Definitions

\Shard\ (sh[aum]rd), n. A plant; chard. [Obs.] --Dryden.
\Shard\, n. [AS. sceard, properly a p. p. from the root of scearn to shear, to cut; akin to D. schaard a fragment, G. scharte a notch, Icel. skar[eth]. See {Shear}, and cf. {Sherd}.] [Written also {sheard}, and {sherd}.]
1. A piece or fragment of an earthen vessel, or a like brittle substance, as the shell of an egg or snail. --Shak. The precious dish Broke into shards of beauty on the board. --E. Arnold.
2. (Zo["o]l.) The hard wing case of a beetle. They are his shards, and he their beetle. --Shak.
3. A gap in a fence. [Obs.] --Stanyhurst.
4. A boundary; a division. [Obs. & R.] --Spenser.

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