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1splinter

noun splin·ter \ˈsplin-tər\

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

Full Definition of SPLINTER

1
a :  a thin piece split or broken off lengthwise :  sliver
b :  a small needlelike particle
2
:  a group or faction broken away from a parent body
splinter adjective
splin·tery \ˈsplin-tə-rē, -trē\ adjective
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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

2splinter

verb

: to break (something) into small pieces or splinters

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

splin·teredsplin·ter·ing \ˈsplin-tə-riŋ, -triŋ\

Full Definition of SPLINTER

transitive verb
1
:  to split or rend into long thin pieces :  shiver
2
:  to split into fragments, parts, or factions
intransitive verb
:  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

First Known Use of SPLINTER

1582

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SPLINTERING Defined for Kids

1splinter

noun splin·ter \ˈsplin-tər\

Definition of SPLINTER for Kids

:  a thin piece split or torn off lengthwise :  sliver

2splinter

verb
splin·teredsplin·ter·ing

Definition of SPLINTER for Kids

:  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

noun splin·ter \ˈsplint-ər\

Medical Definition of SPLINTER

:  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, splin·tered splin·ter·ing \ˈsplint-ə-riŋ, ˈsplin-triŋ\

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