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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

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
splin·tery play \ˈsplin-tə-rē, -trē\ adjective

Examples of splinter

  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

Full Definition of splinter

splin·teredsplin·ter·ing 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

  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


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>

  2. splinter transitive verb, splin·tered splin·ter·ing \ˈsplint-ə-riŋ, ˈsplin-triŋ\play






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