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shard (noun) piece of broken glass, metal, etc.
A shard is a piece of glass, pottery, metal, etc. Shards of china are pieces of porcelain ware. Metal shards are pieces of metal.
- As he walked carelessly into the abandoned house, he stepped on a shard of glass that stuck into the sole of his shoe. The piece of broken glass was big and sharp enough to damage the shoe.
- Shards of pottery, discovered at the place appeared to belong to very ancient times. The pieces of pottery bore artistic designs of an ancient period.