potsherd

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n potsherd a shard of pottery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Potsherd A piece or fragment of a broken pot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n potsherd A piece or fragment of an earthenware pot; any broken fragment or piece of earthenware.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Potsherd pot′shėrd a piece of a broken pot—(obs.) Pot′-shard, Pot′-share.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pot, + sherd, or shard,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pot and A.S. sceard, a shred—sceran, to divide.

Usage

In literature:

There were also some potsherds there, but of the same kind as those used by the people of to-day.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
Dwelling-houses had been built in the locality, and coins and potsherds discovered.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
At 6 were ill-built and ill-preserved rooms, containing puddled clay, potsherds, &c., which declared them to be work-sheds of some sort.
"Roman Britain in 1914" by F. Haverfield
A few specimens of potsherds were collected from the fields about Sevierville.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
When the beautiful bride heard his story, she asked to see the potsherd, for she was very learned and clever.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
Potsherds and arrow-heads, mostly broken ones, were strewn everywhere.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
The quantity of these potsherds is quite small, and they occur mainly in the refuse heaps on the mesa edge.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
And we cry with the Psalmist, 'My strength is dried up like a potsherd.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
Let the people take potsherds in their hands.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
The potsherd of the earth may strive with the potsherd, but woe to the man that strives with his Maker.
"The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern Sermons Preached at the Opening Services of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, in 1866" by Knowles King
Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
But the third leg of the table is too short; a potsherd, {placed beneath}, makes it equal.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
You see, potsherds think everything is stupid.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
You see, potsherds think everything is stupid.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I was thrown out into the yard, where I lie as an old potsherd.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself, and he sat among the ashes.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
A broken potsherd, the last and least, no good to anyone, no good to them, no good to himself.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
Euphrasia, whose entire future threatened to fall into broken potsherds, approached the opponents, wringing her hands.
"Withered Leaves. Vol. I. (of III)" by Rudolf von Gottschall
Even he, however, had recourse to a potsherd.
"From the Oak to the Olive" by Julia Ward Howe
I'll sit on that pile of old potsherds, and wait till you come back.
"The Potter's Thumb" by Flora Annie Steel
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In poetry:

'And were I as the moth is
It might be better far
For one whose marriage troth is
Shattered as potsherds are!'
"The Moth-Signal (On Egdon Heath)" by Thomas Hardy
"Thy truth, alas, Lord, once I spilt:
I thought to bear the pitcher high;
Upon the shining stones of guilt
I slipped, and there the potsherds lie!
"A Meditation Of St. Eligius" by George MacDonald
Gathering potsherds all the day,
Truant children, Lord, we roam;
Fret, and longer want to play,
When at cool thy voice doth come!—
Elder Brother, lead the way;
Make us good as we go home.
"Foolish Children" by George MacDonald
Let potsherds strive with potsherds of the earth,
But woe to him that striveth with his Maker;
Let such, even now, join trembling with their mirth,
And in such deeds, my soul, be not partaker.
"Intemperance And The Sunday Trains" by Janet Hamilton