splint

noun
\ ˈsplint \
variants: or less commonly splent \ˈsplent \

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

splint

verb
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, splinter

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Examples of splint in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The medical student, who asked that she not be named, spent hours on the floor with her bloody leg set in a splint made of sticks and cardboard. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 Both father and son needed custom splints made and tweaked by the therapists throughout the healing. Stephanie O'neill, Washington Post, "Father’s And Son’s Injuries Lead To The Mother Of All Therapy Bills," 29 June 2018 On Monday afternoon, Tori revealed on her Instagram Story that Jackson’s splint had been removed. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Tori Roloff Reveals 1-Year-Old Son Jackson Was Rushed to Urgent Care After Injuring His Arm," 4 June 2018 Her first airplane trip was to Japan with a one-year old in a body splint. courant.com, "Mary Anne Whalen," 5 June 2018 Later, Tori shared a video of her son standing on her lap in the car without the splint. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Tori Roloff Reveals 1-Year-Old Son Jackson Was Rushed to Urgent Care After Injuring His Arm," 4 June 2018 Boyd is completing a communications degree and may eventually join the family business related to a dental splint invented by his father, Jim, a dentist. Glae Thien, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tennis lover finds whole new flame," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for splint

Noun

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

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More Definitions for splint

splint

noun

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

splint

noun
\ ˈsplint \

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

splint

noun
\ ˈsplint \

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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