shatter-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: (cause to) break into many pieces

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[patient] SHATTER[concrete] NP1[agent] SHATTER[concrete] NP2[patient]

The glass shattered.
He shattered the glass.
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, has shattered his leg and is in grave condition.
This can be in a flexible, resilient material or a brittle, easily shattered material.
A rough beginning included a crash that crumbled his bike and shattered his helmet in stage two.

VerbNet: break-45.1,destroy-44
FrameNet: Cause_to_fragment
PropBank: shatter.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: ruin, destroy

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[patient] SHATTER[abstract] NP1[agent] SHATTER[abstract] NP2[patient]

This young man has twice seen his major league dreams shattered like the bat he used.
The record was easily shattered that night.
Not the peace which this world offers, and which is so easily shattered by violence.
Families are infinitely strong when stressed in one way, easily shattered when stressed in the opposite way.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: shatter.01