shatter

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There are men whose desire for truth is so great that to attain it they will shatter the very foundation of their world.
A powerful electric field at the needle's tip shatters helium atoms to create the swarm of electrically charged ions and electrons that constitute the plasma, explains physicist John Goree of the University of Iowa.
The third type has a clearly visible abscission layer with a restriction of the pedicel, the point at which the seed shatters.