splinter

noun
splin·ter | \ˈsplin-tər \

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, -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, -trē \ adjective

Synonyms for splinter

Synonyms: Noun

chip, flake, sliver, 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

The three-party governing coalition started to splinter; one of the parties called for a new election, as did Andrej Kiska, the country’s president. The Economist, "Can Slovakia’s government survive?," 15 Mar. 2018 Police in Boone, North Carolina, say heavy rains caused a hillside to give way causing a massive mudslide which led to a gas explosion leaving one house in splinters. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Deadly storm wallops North Carolina, threatens mid-Atlantic region," 31 May 2018 On June 13, Jonas was hit by an explosive shell that burst into hot, sharp splinters at high velocity. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Memorial Day 2018: Remembering two peace-loving Oregon boys who died in France," 28 May 2018 India’s northeast, where most people have ethnic ties closer to China or Myanmar than to the rest of the India, is home to dozens of militant separatist groups, ranging from heavily armed militias to tiny splinters movements. Washington Post, "Militants say they were behind attack in India’s northeast," 18 June 2018 This time, as the speeches of local authorities proclaim unity and harmony, the editing splinters the action into a series of discrete, disjunctive shots. New York Times, "How Luchino Visconti Made History Sing," 7 June 2018 On one court, a wooden bench is broken in half with splinters exposed. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Tennis courts at Cornishon could close unless city, LCUSD find funds for repairs," 29 Mar. 2018 That’s when a group of Masons realized their society just wasn’t enough fun and formed a splinter group dedicated to laughter and good works. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "What’s behind ’60s-era paneling at El Korah Shrine? A ballroom’s worth of ’20s art.," 12 July 2018 More than 1,600 members of cult splinter groups still practice Asahara’s teachings across the country, Japanese public security officials say. Washington Post, "Long wait has ended in Japan for execution of cult leader," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the eve of the election, some Republican strategists closely monitoring the race were anticipating that the vote would splinter , sending the contest to a runoff for the top two finishers. Chronicle Wire Services, Houston Chronicle, "GOP’s Cloud wins special election for Farenthold’s Congressional seat," 30 June 2018 And numerous Democratic candidates would splinter votes and perhaps put two Republicans in the November elections. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Battle among California Democrats to win House races now includes unsubstantiated candidate phone message," 5 May 2018 Rather than growing, these incipient planets tend to splinter after reaching pebble size. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Many asteroids might be remnants of 5 destroyed worlds, scientists say," 3 July 2018 The signs of splintering GOP support are spreading. Time, "President Trump Defends Immigration Policy, Says He Won't Let U.S. Became a 'Migrant Camp'," 18 June 2018 Under increasing pressure from the military, the group began splintering in 2013. Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud, New York Times, "U.S. Drone Strike Kills Leader of Pakistani Taliban, Pakistan Says," 15 June 2018 Although individual groups continued to work — for reproductive freedom, for equality in education and employment, for voting rights for black women — the movement as a whole began to splinter. Constance Grady, Vox, "The waves of feminism, and why people keep fighting over them, explained," 1 June 2018 Lives change dramatically and then suddenly, this group, one of the world’s premiere ensembles, begins to splinter. Caroline Leavitt, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Ensemble,’ by Aja Gabel," 17 May 2018 So, leave it to a small, liberal band of Republicans to try to splinter the party just before the midterm election. Beautiful. Fox News, "Secretary Nielsen talks immigration, relationship with Trump," 15 May 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \

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