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splinter

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noun splin·ter \ˈsplin-tər\

Simple Definition of splinter

  • : a thin, sharp piece of something (such as wood, glass, etc.) that has broken off a larger piece

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of splinter

  1. 1a :  a thin piece split or broken off lengthwise :  sliverb :  a small needlelike particle

  2. 2 :  a group or faction broken away from a parent body

splinter adjective
splintery play \ˈsplin-tə-rē, -trē\ adjective

Examples of splinter in a sentence

  1. I got a splinter in my finger.

  2. There were splinters of glass everywhere.



Origin of splinter

Middle English, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Low German splinte splint


First Known Use: 14th century


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splinter

verb, splin·ter

Simple Definition of splinter

  • : to break (something) into small pieces or splinters

  • : to divide or split a group of people into smaller groups

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of splinter

splinteredsplintering play \ˈsplin-tə-riŋ, -triŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to split or rend into long thin pieces :  shiver

  3. 2 :  to split into fragments, parts, or factions

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become splintered

Examples of splinter in a sentence

  1. The board splintered under his weight.

  2. The impact of the crash splintered the glass.

  3. groups that have splintered off to form new political movements

  4. a political party that has been splintered by disagreements



1582

First Known Use of splinter

1582



SPLINTER Defined for Kids

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splinter

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noun splin·ter \ˈsplin-tər\

Definition of splinter for Students

  1. :  a thin piece split or torn off lengthwise :  sliver




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splinter

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verb splin·ter

Definition of splinter for Students

splinteredsplintering

  1. :  to break into slivers <Peter and Judy covered their ears as sounds of splintering wood and breaking china filled the house. — Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji>




Medical Dictionary

splinter

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noun splin·ter \ˈsplint-ər\

Medical Definition of splinter

  1. :  a thin piece (as of wood) split or broken off lengthwise; especially :  such a piece embedded in the skin <used tweezers to remove a splinter>

splinter transitive verb splintered; splintering \ˈsplint-ə-riŋ, ˈsplin-triŋ\play




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