splinter

noun
splin·​ter | \ ˈsplin-tər How to pronounce splinter (audio) \

Definition of splinter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a thin piece split or broken off lengthwise : sliver
b : a small needlelike particle
2 : a group or faction broken away from a parent body

splinter

verb
splintered; splintering\ ˈsplin-​tə-​riŋ How to pronounce splintering (audio) , -​triŋ \

Definition of splinter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to split or rend into long thin pieces : shiver
2 : to split into fragments, parts, or factions

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Other Words from splinter

Noun

splinter adjective
splintery \ ˈsplin-​tə-​rē How to pronounce splintery (audio) , -​trē \ adjective

Synonyms for splinter

Synonyms: Noun

chip, flake, sliver, spall, splint

Synonyms: Verb

slice, sliver

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Examples of splinter in a Sentence

Noun

I got a splinter in my finger. There were splinters of glass everywhere.

Verb

The board splintered under his weight. The impact of the crash splintered the glass. groups that have splintered off to form new political movements a political party that has been splintered by disagreements
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pitches linger, bend, then splinter into skittish shards that break off and disappear. New York Times, "Review: ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ the Opera, Falls Short of Its Potential," 1 June 2018 Since the playground opened in 2016, two children have stepped on nails and some have gotten splinters, but there have been no broken bones, said Reilly Bergin Wilson, board chair of play:groundNYC, the nonprofit that runs The Yard. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "How much risk is good for kids? Parents make the case for more adventurous childhoods," 26 June 2018 After being chastised for skating on public art or public library steps or getting splinters from homemade plywood jumps, skaters have found solace in a place meant only for them. Amelia Nierenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Lynch Family Skatepark offers teenagers discipline, camaraderie, freedom," 2 July 2018 The idea was to put Democrats in a bind; force them to either splinter with an increasingly progressive base on immigration or risk the larger electorate on a still unpopular message. Tara Golshan, Vox, "House Republicans are ditching their plan to force Democrats to vote to abolish ICE," 17 July 2018 The weariness showed on the faces of the spokespeople for the April 19th Student Movement — not to be confused with the splinter April 19th University (Student) Movement. Washington Post, "Nicaraguan students enraged at repression turn on government," 15 May 2018 But a small splinter group of white evangelicals defecting from the GOP, combined with wider demographic changes in the number of white evangelicals overall, may herald the weakening of the white evangelical-GOP alliance over time. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The GOP can’t rely on white evangelicals forever," 7 Nov. 2018 The experts also pointed to Mohamed Ousmane Ag Mohamedoune, a Tuareg, who after signing the 2015 peace agreement took leadership of a splinter group. Fox News, "France proposes sanctions against Mali peace deal spoilers," 30 Aug. 2018 The baking soda swells your skin and brings the splinter to the surface. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things My Father Taught Me," 17 June 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Each skull is made with a foam base and covered with a unique mosaic of antiqued, splintered wood chips, meaning no two skulls look exactly alike. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You'll Lose Your Ship Over These Driftwood Skulls," 16 Oct. 2018 Brazil’s presidential election is expected to draw up to 16 candidates, splintering the vote. Washington Post, "Brazil’s first black justice considers presidential run," 19 Apr. 2018 Shortly after 11 am Pacific time, the march splintered as groups of people attempted to cross the border en masse. Dara Lind, Vox, "How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos," 26 Nov. 2018 Unlabeled, the model’s dominant feature is the river, half a foot wide, meandering southward 190 miles, carving its crescent around New Orleans before splintering a thousand capillaries out into the ocean. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 It was also prompted by the 2016 U.S. Senate race, when GOP voters splintered among three candidates. Phil Willon, latimes.com, "California Republicans can't agree on a candidate for governor at state party convention," 7 May 2018 Roy Jeffs, now 24, does see a benefit to the raid that splintered his family. Krista Johnson, USA TODAY, "This son of prophet Warren Jeffs has 54 brothers and sisters. Yet the former FLDS church member felt alone.," 8 Apr. 2018 The gangs have evolved a more violent, chaotic economic model, one that is advancing in drug-trafficking countries, including Mexico, where large cartels have splintered into many warring groups. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Why Are People Fleeing Central America? A New Breed of Gangs Is Taking Over.," 2 Nov. 2018 On the environment, the GOP is splintering along generational lines. Ryan Costello, WSJ, "Lesson From 2018: Republicans Must Deal With Climate Change," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of splinter

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for splinter

Noun

Middle English, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Low German splinte splint

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splinter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of splinter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thin, sharp piece of something (such as wood, glass, etc.) that has broken off a larger piece

splinter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of splinter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to break (something) into small pieces or splinters
: to divide or split a group of people into smaller groups

splinter

noun
splin·​ter | \ ˈsplin-tər How to pronounce splinter (audio) \

Kids Definition of splinter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thin piece split or torn off lengthwise : sliver

splinter

verb
splintered; splintering

Kids Definition of splinter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to break into slivers Peter and Judy covered their ears as sounds of splintering wood and breaking china filled the house.— Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji

splinter

noun
splin·​ter | \ ˈsplint-ər How to pronounce splinter (audio) \

Medical Definition of splinter

: a thin piece (as of wood) split or broken off lengthwise especially : such a piece embedded in the skin used tweezers to remove a splinter

Other Words from splinter

splinter transitive verb splintered; splintering\ ˈsplint-​ə-​riŋ, ˈsplin-​triŋ How to pronounce splintering (audio) \

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