\ ˈsplint How to pronounce splint (audio) \
variants: or less commonly splent \ ˈsplent How to pronounce splent (audio) \

Definition of splint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small plate or strip of metal used in making armor
2a : 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


splinted; splinting; splints

Definition of splint (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for splint

Synonyms: Noun

chip, flake, sliver, spall, splinter

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Examples of splint in a Sentence


His leg was in a splint. a splint off the board

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first-round draft pick is wearing a splint to protect his finger. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Keke Coutee practices fully again, Tytus Howard out of cast," 12 Sep. 2019 The redshirt sophomore was wearing a splint to cover his left thumb. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Danny Davis leaves UW football practice with a left-foot injury; Jake Ferguson close to returning," 15 Aug. 2019 Murphy missed about a month due to a left index finger fracture that occurred the second game of the season, and upon returning, wore a splint on that finger until July 6. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies romp Reds to earn first consecutive wins in a month as Daniel Murphy, David Dahl homer," 26 July 2019 Janey caught himself with his arm, which was put into a splint and bandaged. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "8 hospitalized when buses collide on Minnesota 280 on first day of State Fair," 22 Aug. 2019 In other injury news, Double-A Tennessee shortstop Nico Hoerner had a splint taken off his left wrist and could resume baseball activity in two weeks. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Ben Zobrist's return to the Cubs remains a possibility, Theo Epstein says," 13 June 2019 After nine days in a splint and a four-week prognosis in a cast, my son will thankfully never remember this time in his life. Abby Cuffey, Woman's Day, "Why You Need to Be Super Careful Going Down a Slide with a Kid on Your Lap," 19 June 2017 Once the splint is removed, there is often little to no bruising, which is (nothing a little concealer can't cover up). Erin Nicole Celletti, Allure, "The Complete Guide to Rhinoplasty," 15 May 2018 Any equipment which is of hard substance (casts, splints, guards and braces) must be padded or foam covered and have no exposed sharp or cutting edge. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "Joel Embiid and the mask make NBA playoff debut in Sixers' win over Heat," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When Carter, who is now 15, fell and broke his elbow, his mother splinted his arm and called two friends on the mainland, who motored them by boat across the water to a hospital. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s the only kid on the island. And she’s graduating," 14 June 2019 Tonya Meister of Meister Law Following Spearman's injury, Royal Caribbean referred her to a doctor in Barcelona who misdiagnosed her condition and splinted her fingers in the wrong position, further worsening the damage. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A door on a Royal Caribbean ship crushed her hand. She sued for $20.3 million — and won," 4 June 2018 Amanda Hannon, director of operations at Elmore Community Hospital, said doctors can splint a broken bone, stabilize a patient involved in a car crash and treat life-threatening infections. Amy Yurkanin, AL.com, "Financial woes put Alabama's rural hospitals on life support," 29 Dec. 2017 The dog that was attacked had its broken leg splinted in hopes of giving it a chance of recovery. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Man arrested for OVI after assault of bar employee: South Euclid Police Blotter," 11 Oct. 2017 His left hand was splinted and bandaged; long metal pins protruded from it. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS," 6 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of splint


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for splint


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

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English Language Learners Definition of splint

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


\ ˈsplint How to pronounce splint (audio) \

Kids Definition of splint

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


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Medical Definition of splint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Medical Definition of splint (Entry 2 of 2)

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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to make a temporary encampment

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