sherd
Shard Shard (sh[aum]rd), 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. [1913 Webster]

The precious dish Broke into shards of beauty on the board. --E. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The hard wing case of a beetle. [1913 Webster]

They are his shards, and he their beetle. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A gap in a fence. [Obs.] --Stanyhurst. [1913 Webster]

4. A boundary; a division. [Obs. & R.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sherd — Sherd, n. A fragment; now used only in composition, as in potsherd. See {Shard}. [1913 Webster] The thigh . . . which all in sherds it drove. Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sherd — [ʃə:d US ʃə:rd] n another form of ↑shard …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sherd — [shʉrd] n. var. of SHARD …   English World dictionary

  • sherd — n. = POTSHERD. Etymology: var. of SHARD * * * noun a broken piece of a brittle artifact • Syn: ↑shard, ↑fragment • Derivationally related forms: ↑fragmentary (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sherd — In archaeology, a sherd is commonly a historic or prehistoric fragment of pottery, although the term is occasionally used to refer to fragments of stone and glass vessels as well.Occasionally, a piece of broken pottery may be referred to as a ,… …   Wikipedia

  • sherd — pot·sherd; sherd; …   English syllables

  • sherd — /ʃɜd/ (say sherd) noun → shard …   Australian English dictionary

  • sherd — variant of shard 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sherd — /sherrd/, n. shard. * * * …   Universalium

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