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 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 On top of that blog post, Chuck's splinter group Enemy Radio released a whole new album on Wednesday, titled Loud Is Not Enough. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Chuck D says Flavor Flav's Public Enemy firing was an April Fool's Day joke to promote new music," 1 Apr. 2020 When asked to compare this site with the 67,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics, 60% of Stanford students said the tiny splinter group was more reliable. Nadav Ziv, Time, "How to Spot Coronavirus Misinformation," 16 Mar. 2020 There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Boko Haram group and rival Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) splinter group have often carried out attacks in the area. New York Times, "Suspected Boko Haram Fighters Kill at Least 30 in Nigeria," 10 Feb. 2020 Penniless, with little more than a cellphone, the family was entering Nuevo Laredo, dominated by the Northeast cartel, a splinter of the brutal and once-powerful Zetas gang. Maria Verza, The Denver Post, "Migrants stuck in lawless limbo within sight of America," 18 Nov. 2019 But Idlib is also home to Hurras al-Din, a more radical splinter of HTS still loyal to al-Qaeda. The Economist, "Islamic State after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," 2 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In the title sequence for the 1966 film Grand Prix, the screen splits into a nine-segment grid, splintering our attention between the driver’s head, the quivering indicator on a dial, a wrench leaning into a nut. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Welcome to the Zoom Party," 31 Mar. 2020 The world could even splinter into competing groups over technology, complicating trade and making global integration much more difficult. Laura He, CNN, "Janet Yellen: The US-China trade war isn't over and a tech fight risks dividing the world," 13 Jan. 2020 But then the storm came and just like that, another venerable tree was gone, splintered partway up the trunk, its tender pink insides exposed, toppled to its final resting spot among the Buddhas. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: We love our Chicago thunderstorms, except when they take our trees," 16 Aug. 2019 NetHack itself had meanwhile splintered and branched out into lots of variants, as documented in the NetHack wiki. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "ASCII art + permadeath: The history of roguelike games," 19 Mar. 2020 The presence of other moderates, including Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, might have splintered non-Sanders voters as well. Rick Klein, ABC News, "Commanding Biden win in South Carolina resets and recasts primary race: ANALYSIS," 29 Feb. 2020 Beyond that, some of the big gangs have splintered and the competition for new territory has heated up. Washington Post, "Drug Cartels Muscle Into Mexican Town Packed With Americans," 3 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for splinter

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

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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Splinter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splinter. Accessed 28 May. 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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