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splint

noun \ ˈsplint \
variants: or less commonly splent play \ˈsplent\
Updated on: 1 May 2018

Definition of splint

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 : splinter
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

Examples of splint in a Sentence

  1. His leg was in a splint.

  2. a splint off the board

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Origin and Etymology of splint

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

splint Synonyms


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splint

verb

Definition of splint

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

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First Known Use of splint

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SPLINT Defined for English Language Learners

splint

Definition of splint for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of wood, metal, plastic, etc., that is used to hold a broken bone in the correct position while it heals


SPLINT Defined for Kids

splint

noun \ ˈsplint \

Definition of splint for Students

1 : a thin flexible strip of wood woven together with others in making a chair seat or basket
2 : a rigid device for keeping a broken or displaced bone in place while it heals

Medical Dictionary

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splint

noun \ ˈsplint \

medical Definition of splint

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

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splint

transitive verb

medical Definition of splint

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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