• WordNet 3.6
    • n sherd a broken piece of a brittle artifact
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sherd A fragment; -- now used only in composition, as in potsherd. See Shard. "The thigh . . . which all in sherds it drove."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sherd Same as shard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sherd shėrd See Shard.
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In literature:

And the vase fell to iridescent sherds.
"Sword Blades and Poppy Seed" by Amy Lowell
A few of the Roman names inscribed upon the sherd I have actually since found mentioned in history and other records.
"She" by H. Rider Haggard
Sherds on the slopes are worth less; as they have probably slipped down.
"How to Observe in Archaeology" by Various
Poor little broken sherd, poor little fragment of a shattered life!
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Mime tries in vain to piece the sherds of the sword together; Siegfried always smashes the new-made weapon at a single blow.
"Wagner" by John F. Runciman
So much for his story to the moment he erred, From what dignified pot he became a pot-sherd.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
Woe to him that gainsayeth his maker, a sherd of the earthen pots.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
Where the pig's broken let the sherds lie.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
There is a single rim sherd (139614a) which comes from a shallow bowl with a direct flat-topped rim.
"A Burial Cave in Baja California" by William C. Massey
And his flesh was dried upon his bones, like a potter's sherd.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
Forty-two bowls were reconstructed from the sherds found.
"Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" by Anonymous
Massachusetts: fragment of oven (left) and rim sherd (upper right), from John Howland house site; and pan-rim sherd from "R. M." site.
"North Devon Pottery and Its Export to America in the 17th Century" by C. Malcolm Watkins
After twelve hours, that very razor, untouched the while, has come forth, no better than a pot-sherd.
"Dealings With The Dead" by A Sexton of the Old School
Two occurrences of association in a stone mound with plain or brushed limestone-tempered sherds were also noted.
"Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types" by James W. Cambron
Microscopic and stylistic comparison with these sherds relates numerous Marlborough sherds to them in varying degrees.
"The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia" by C. Malcolm Watkins

In poetry:

For the blade of the hoe crashed into glass,
And the vase fell to iridescent sherds.
The old man's body heaved with slow, dry sobs.
He did not curse, he had no words.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
We all shall, like the cabin of a herd,
Be mov'd, or, like a gorgeous robe, decay,
Or all be shatter'd, like a potter's sherd,
Or vanish, like a morning's mist, away.
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
Dead now as sherds
Are the yellow birds,
And all that mattered has passed away;
Yet God, the Elf,
Now shows him that self
As he was, and should have been shown, that day.
"Self- Unconscious" by Thomas Hardy
Hast thou not ploughed my thorny ground full sore,
And from it gathered many stones and sherds?
Plough, plough and harrow till it needs no more—
Then sow thy mustard-seed, and send thy birds.
"I See Thee Not" by George MacDonald

In news:

Was Inscribed Sherd Marked By A Slave.
Piecing together an American-made slipware plate in the lab, the team noticed an incised cross or "x" on the bottom of a sherd.
She was born June 17, 1929, in Buchanan, VA, to the late Sherd and Vernie (McGlothin) Baldridge.