(shrd), 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. 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.
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The precious dish
Broke into shards of beauty on the board.
E. Arnold.
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2. (Zol.) The hard wing case of a beetle.
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They are his shards, and he their beetle.
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3. A gap in a fence. [Obs.] Stanyhurst.
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4. A boundary; a division. [Obs. & R.] Spenser.
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