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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 technology to ensure splinter-free toilet paper did not exist until the 1930s. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A brief history of toilet paper in Anchorage," 16 Mar. 2020 But things could change as the industry, after a long period of consolidation, splinters in reaction to growth and new technology. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Music Labels Need to Get Their IPO Timing Right," 5 Mar. 2020 But as the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump approaches, there are the faintest of warnings from a handful of his fellow Republicans that there could be splinters. Philip Elliott, Time, "Former National Security Advisor John Bolton's Offer to Testify Tests Mitch McConnell's Power," 7 Jan. 2020 On rare occasions parts of the coalition splinter from the whole and are able to defeat radical measures. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "From Woke to Broke," 26 Oct. 2019 According to the outlet, the splinter was a half-meter long, just under two feet. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Italian Cyclist, 17, Impaled by Nearly 2-Foot-Long Piece of Wooden Track During Race," 17 July 2019 At various moments, different splinter groups separate from the task force have met elsewhere in the White House, including the one led by Mr. Kushner, which focused on testing and then supplies of personal protective equipment and ventilators. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "Administration to Phase Out Coronavirus Task Force," 5 May 2020 Boko Haram and its splinter faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province, are prevalent in the region. Fox News, "Grenade picked up by boy explodes on Nigeria-Cameroon border; 9 reported dead," 7 Jan. 2020 Mohler’s announcement comes just two months after the launch of a pro-Trump conservative splinter group — the Conservative Baptist Network, which was formed to counter what members believe is creeping liberalism in the denomination. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Evangelical leader who once denounced Trump embraces him now. Is it political opportunism?," 26 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rise of these new companies could further shake our faltering institutions, splinter our fragmented media and cement celebrity culture. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why taking those customer satisfaction surveys actually works," 26 May 2020 Yet the Umbrella Movement ultimately failed: Hong Kongers achieved no greater representation and the student movement splintered. The Economist, "Gaming with Joshua Wong," 22 May 2020 Compressing a bat also keeps it from wearing out and splintering. Popular Science, "Why baseball players ‘bone’ their bats," 20 May 2020 Centrist voters could further splinter as yet a third moderate formally joins the race: former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who didn’t compete in New Hampshire but will be on the ballot for the March 3 Super Tuesday contests. Craig Gordon, Bloomberg.com, "Sanders Tightens His Grip on Race as Klobuchar Rises," 5 May 2020 War splinters a nation, and in their distress, people turn to each other for solace and hope. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Living in a war zone: What it teaches about surviving a pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 Prices for Saudi bonds have dropped since Friday, when a longstanding oil-output collaboration between Saudi Arabia and Russia splintered, prompting the kingdom to crank up tensions by signaling plans to boost production and slash prices. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Saudi Bond Yields Climb Amid Oil-Price War," 11 Mar. 2020 About 85 miles from Atlanta in the mountains of north Georgia, a couple remained in bed as a suspected twister splintered the rest of the home. Fox News, "Southern states struggle to recover from destructive tornadoes; more than 30 dead," 14 Apr. 2020 According to ancient legend, there were once six troll kingdoms, governed by six magical strings that were yanked apart in the wake of internal strife, splintering the trolls into their own distinct musical factions. Justin Chang, Detroit Free Press, "Kiddies will like ‘Trolls World Tour’; parents will find it tolerable," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for splinter

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The first known use of splinter was in the 14th century

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Splinter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splinter. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for splinter

splinter

noun
How to pronounce splinter (audio)

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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