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 Oceans around the world contain floating heaps of plastics, and larger pieces splinter over time into tiny bits. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Scientists discover it’s “raining plastic” from metro Denver to high in Rocky Mountain National Park," 16 Aug. 2019 Annealed glass, on the other hand, will shatter into tiny, sharp splinters under thermal shock. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Scary Reason You Should Never Bake Anything In a Mason Jar," 11 July 2017 Republicans could effectively block Democrats from the ballot in November as infighting splinters the left. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dems in danger of botching California's 'jungle primary'," 31 May 2018 Wood handles splinter and rot; blades can quickly rust. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Only Shovel You'll Ever Need," 1 Feb. 2019 Enter to the percussive beat of a cleaver before sitting to a slow-cooked, spice-rich Jaliscan broth bearing the occasional bone splinter, served with a stack of hot tortillas and compulsory lime, onion and cilantro. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "17 places you probably have to try to understand birria in L.A.," 31 July 2019 Wedges of hot red and aquamarine collide and clatter apart flinging off shards of yellow and splinters of black and white. Stephen Ellis, The New York Review of Books, "Willem de Kooning: Acrobat with a Paint Brush," 1 June 2019 Drug gangs and splinter groups have long fought for control. Washington Post, "Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers," 19 July 2019 At the start of the protest, about 7 p.m., a splinter group of about 50 people broke off from the main group, crossing a chain-link gate and entering the ICE property. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Protest of planned federal immigration roundups draws thousands to Aurora ICE facility," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rows of old-growth trees in Terrace Park were splintered and toppled. Jeff Suess, Cincinnati.com, "50 years ago, ‘forgotten’ tornado struck Galbraith and Reading," 8 Aug. 2019 The glass screens of the A.T.M.s of HSBC were splintered from the blows of hammers. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 Its seizure splintered the market, resulting in dozens of new websites springing up to fill the gap. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Amazon’s AI is being used to rescue children from sex trafficking," 13 June 2019 The narrative structure of our lives was splintering. Laurie Penny, WIRED, "We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture," 19 Aug. 2019 Epic seems to adamantly refuse to splinter its game between a casual version and a competitive one. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite’s next tournament will also be its most controversial, thanks to mech suits," 16 Aug. 2019 As support in his own party began to splinter, Trump surrendered after the shutdown hit 35 days, agreeing to the current temporary reopening without getting money for the wall. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding," 11 Feb. 2019 The storm's 185 miles-per-hour winds splintered homes and whipped up a storm surge that swallowed the land. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian, "The Bahamas and the Caribbean Have Withstood Hurricanes for Centuries," 17 Sep. 2019 Photos on social media showed multiple levels of decking ripped away from the building and reduced to beams and splintered wood. Washington Post, "The Latest: At least 22 people injured in deck collapse," 15 Sep. 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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The first known use of splinter was in the 14th century

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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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