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 splinter (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 splinter (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 Gym-goers and their reps will form splinter factions, or resistance bands. Eli Burnstein, The New Yorker, 17 Sep. 2021 Jonathan approves the proscription of Boko Haram and splinter group Ansaru as terrorist organizations. CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 By mid-day, splinter groups from the left arrived at the right wing gathering, prompting verbal skirmishes, followed by physical fights in the street. al, 23 Aug. 2021 The talks have brought former foes into close proximity; Karzai and Abdullah met Wednesday with Anas Haqqani, who leads a particularly notorious Taliban splinter group. Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2021 In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb that tore apart the center of Omagh , Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2021 Family lore says that one of the Hammond kids, Johnny, was sliding down the railing when his bottom got impaled by a big wooden splinter. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 31 July 2021 However, splinter parties failed, and those who pushed for them simply showed their ignorance. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 23 June 2021 The best example dates back to January 1936 and a gala dinner sponsored by the American Liberty League, a splinter group of wealthy business leaders and old-guard Democrats opposing Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The death of Smith causes the church to splinter into three groups. CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 That began changing around 2007 and 2008 as the government’s assault on the cartels led them to splinter, evolve and spread. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, 9 Aug. 2021 At the height of Willis' success, Cleveland had already started to splinter into two cities, said Mark Souther, a professor of history at Cleveland State University. NBC News, 30 Sep. 2021 The definition of most threatening will splinter along borders. Katherine J. Wu, Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 20 Sep. 2021 In the interim, however, rivals will try to snatch away pieces of Nielsen business and in doing so, may cause the task of measurement to splinter along dozens of new methodologies. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 But as marriages and families often splinter, so do bands. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2021 The crowded field of candidates is expected to splinter the electorate, which means a Republican who reels in just a small fraction of the vote could become California’s next governor. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 The political value of those efforts, aside from their merits for public health and economic vitality, is in unifying the Democratic electoral coalition while Republicans aim to splinter it with cultural wedge issues. John Harwood, CNN, 29 Aug. 2021

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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

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 : sliver

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 splinter (audio) \

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