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

Elsewhere on the Eurasian continent, however, a group arose that would eventually move into Siberia, splinter, and cross Beringia into North America, the DNA analysis reveals. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Closest-known ancestor of today’s Native Americans found in Siberia," 5 June 2019 Several times Huxley tore off a piece of meat and put it into the outstretched hand of J. B. Once Hollis begged from J. B. and was rewarded with a small bloody splinter. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 The Bexar County Democratic Party has appeared to splinter. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County Democratic Party appears to splinter after continuing rift," 12 June 2019 First-Generation Human Hybrid Researchers recovered the genome of a teenage girl, who lived about 90,000 years ago, from an inch-long splinter of bone found in Denisova Cave in Siberia. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Finding Human Ancestors in New Places," 15 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal the origin splinters in the Pearson family that never quite healed, as old wounds between Kate, Rebecca, and Randall rear their ugly heads. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 2 Deals Randall a Truly Devastating Blow," 3 Oct. 2018 Everybody else went home covered in dust and splinters. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Coveralls and How to Buy Them," 19 Nov. 2018 But radiation will split them at random, causing organic materials — leather seats, rubber tires, paints, perhaps even the carbon-fiber body — to discolor, flake and splinter away. Rafi Letzter, Washington Post, "Space X sent a cute red Tesla Roadster into space. Here’s what’ll probably happen to it," 7 Mar. 2018 Hundreds wrote in to the Senate, sharing a range of stories about living with pain after the operation -- from not being able to walk, sit or drive to puncturing their partner during intercourse with a splinter that broke off the implant. Marian Liu, CNN, "Australia investigates implants that left some women with 'rotting pelvises'," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Decisions can be splintered with numerous points of view pro and con. The Christian Science Monitor, "The week in photos (June 24-28)," 28 June 2019 Brexit, the agonizing effort to break free of the controversial European Union, splintered the governing Conservative Party and now has split the Labour Party as well. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: British politics reflect change — and stability," 14 June 2019 The Secessionist Party might not have shown up because the group has splintered. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019 In our case, political differences had splintered our relationship. Nr Interview, National Review, "A Political Renewal?," 11 June 2019 This could splinter the SDF would further weaken the fight against Islamic State. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Key U.S. Partner in Syria Thrown Into Disarray," 20 Dec. 2018 As the opposition splintered, then-President Barack Obama was reluctant to commit to full-scale war or regime change. Angela Charlton, The Seattle Times, "Syria: Everyone else’s battleground, in both war and peace," 25 Sep. 2018 Libya, home to the largest oil reserves in Africa, is splintered among two rival governments and a complex mosaic of armed groups, and lacks a fully functioning state. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Islamic State’s Deadly Return in Libya Imperils Oil Output," 18 Sep. 2018 The field of four Democratic challengers is splintered. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "The four most important races in Texas’s Tuesday primaries," 6 Mar. 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 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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