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

Example Sentences

Noun His leg was in a splint. a splint off the board
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Campbell said Juju Hughes likely would start at safety in place of Elliott, who has a splint on his right index finger. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 28 Oct. 2022 Jackson injured his right ring finger in practice Wednesday and sat out the next two days with a splint on the digit. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2022 Rescuers treated her leg with a splint and put her in a rescue basket at around 5:15 p.m. to be carried north to the Mizpah Cutoff Trail. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2022 Jackson injured his hand in practice Wednesday and wore a splint on the digit Friday. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 16 Sep. 2022 That’s because the Oakland Athletics’ starter must wear a splint on the middle finger of his right (pitching) hand for 6-8 weeks. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Aug. 2022 Hughes may be wearing a blue medical splint boot on his right foot. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2022 Allen wore a protective splint while going through a variety of shooting drills. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 Inside, there are 200 pieces that cover basic lifesaving and first aid, including 7.5-inch shears and an 18-inch splint. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2022
Verb
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 Rescuers found him at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, warmed him up and splinted his ankle. Author: Christine Clarridge, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2020 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, 14 June 2019 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near splint

Cite this Entry

“Splint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splint. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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

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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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