splint

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noun

variants or less commonly splent
1
: a small plate or strip of metal used in making armor
2
a
: a thin strip of wood suitable for interweaving (as into baskets)
b
c
: material or a device used to protect and immobilize a body part (such as a broken arm)
3
: a bony enlargement on the upper part of the cannon bone of a horse usually on the inside of the leg

splint

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verb

splinted; splinting; splints

transitive verb

1
: to support and immobilize (something, such as a broken bone) with a splint
2
: to brace with or as if with splints

Examples of splint in a Sentence

Noun His leg was in a splint. a splint off the board
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The innovation is now used in medical splints and braces. Bybob Meers, Fortune, 15 May 2024 Upon completion, your arm is placed in a removable splint that keeps your elbow bent at a 90-degree angle. Oluseun Olufade, Verywell Health, 1 May 2024 Ruiz wasn’t in the starting lineup but wasn’t wearing a splint or a wrap on his glove hand. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 5 May 2024 You may be given a smaller splint to wear for up to two weeks. Oluseun Olufade, Verywell Health, 1 May 2024 People with bunions are often enticed by quick-fixes on the internet, like toe slings and bunion splints. Angela Haupt, TIME, 24 Apr. 2024 That’s why having a plan ready can be key to stopping shin splints in their tracks. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 8 Apr. 2024 Why are shin splints so painful? Shin splints can be both painful and inconvenient. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 Not sure which stretches for shin splints are the best for keeping the annoying condition at bay? Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 8 Apr. 2024
Verb
Total Point’s top-of-the-line facilities issue services ranging from cold and flu to casting, splinting, and bracing; from wound care to school physicals and beyond. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 8 Dec. 2023 Break your arm and want to splint it? Wes Siler, Outside Online, 8 May 2017 With use of a carbon fiber splint the team crafted overnight, Johnson practiced again the next morning and crashed again, but pressed on and qualified and raced Sunday. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 1 June 2022 Allen, who was on the bench supporting teammates during Cleveland’s recent homestand, still has a protective wrap and splint on his left hand. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 2 Apr. 2022 If one joint is particularly unstable or misaligned, your doctor may splint it in order to allow it an opportunity to heal. Sara Gaynes Lev, SELF, 30 July 2021 Gahm and her daughter were able to splint her arm after the fall, but the increasing pain and other side effects from the fall convinced Gahm to activate a personal locator beacon. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 Following surgery, restricting movement is critical to proper healing, so a hard or soft cast, splint or walking boot is usually prescribed. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2020 Who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadowlark. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Middle Low German splinte, splente; probably akin to Middle Dutch splitten to split

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of splint was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Splint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splint. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

splint

1 of 2 noun
1
: a thin flexible strip of wood woven together with others in making a chair seat or basket
2
3
: material or a device used to protect a body part (as a broken arm) and keep it in place

splint

2 of 2 verb
: to support and hold in place with or as if with a splint or splints

Medical Definition

splint

1 of 2 noun
1
: material or a device used to protect and immobilize a body part
a plaster splint for a fractured leg
a dental splint
2
: a bony enlargement on the upper part of the cannon bone of a horse usually on the inside of the leg

splint

2 of 2 transitive verb
1
: to support and immobilize (as a broken bone) with a splint
2
: to protect against pain by reducing the motion of
the patient splinted his chest by a fixed position and shallow breathing

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