noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sceard; akin to Old English scieran to cut — more at shear Date: before 12th century 1. a. a piece or fragment of a brittle substance <
shards of glass
; broadly a small piece or part ; scrap <
little shards of time and space recorded by the camera's lens — Rosalind Krauss
b. shell, scale; especially elytron 2. (or sherd) fragments of pottery vessels found on sites and in refuse deposits where pottery-making peoples have lived 3. highly angular curved glass fragments of tuffaceous sediments

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