shat|ter|ing

shat|ter|ing
shat|ter|ing «SHAT uhr ihng», adjective, noun.
–adj.
1. that shatters; destructive: »

We felt the shattering impact as the ship hit the rocks.

2. Figurative. startling; emotionally overpowering: »

To see this play is to undergo a shattering experience. Her answer…was as shattering as it was rapid (Thomas De Quincey).

3. (of sound) earsplitting; very loud: »

The shattering trumpet shrilleth high (Tennyson).

–n.
1. a breaking into pieces.
2. the broken pieces; shatters.
shat´ter|ing|ly, adverb.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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