\ ˈsplint How to pronounce splint (audio) \
variants: or less commonly splent \ ˈsplent How to pronounce splint (audio) \

Definition of splint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small plate or strip of metal used in making armor
2a : a thin strip of wood suitable for interweaving (as into baskets)
b : splinter
c : material or a device used to protect and immobilize a body part (such as a broken arm)
3 : a bony enlargement on the upper part of the cannon bone of a horse usually on the inside of the leg


splinted; splinting; splints

Definition of splint (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to support and immobilize (something, such as a broken bone) with a splint
2 : to brace with or as if with splints

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Synonyms for splint

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of splint in a Sentence

Noun His leg was in a splint. a splint off the board
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Tigers are sending Soto, who has his finger in a splint, to a hand specialist. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 19 Sep. 2021 For mild cases, conservative treatment with anti-inflammatories, a wrist splint or an injection can be effective. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2021 Lance no longer needed a splint on the index finger on his throwing hand after suffering a small chip fracture in the exhibition finale on Aug. 29. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2021 The leg was placed in a splint and Morevino was vanned to the on-site clinic. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2021 At the hospital, his eye was patched and his wrist fitted with a splint. BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2021 Sometimes a splint to keep the wrist or elbow in a neutral position is all that’s necessary. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 19 May 2021 Seager emerged from the clubhouse Sunday morning to speak to his agent Scott Boras wearing a splint under a cast. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2021 Cannady has been placed in a plaster splint and will be re-evaluated during his rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If one joint is particularly unstable or misaligned, your doctor may splint it in order to allow it an opportunity to heal. Sara Gaynes Lev, SELF, 30 July 2021 Gahm and her daughter were able to splint her arm after the fall, but the increasing pain and other side effects from the fall convinced Gahm to activate a personal locator beacon. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 Following surgery, restricting movement is critical to proper healing, so a hard or soft cast, splint or walking boot is usually prescribed. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2020 Who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadowlark. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020 Rescuers found him at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, warmed him up and splinted his ankle. Author: Christine Clarridge, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2020 When Carter, who is now 15, fell and broke his elbow, his mother splinted his arm and called two friends on the mainland, who motored them by boat across the water to a hospital. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2019 Tonya Meister of Meister Law Following Spearman's injury, Royal Caribbean referred her to a doctor in Barcelona who misdiagnosed her condition and splinted her fingers in the wrong position, further worsening the damage. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, 4 June 2018 Amanda Hannon, director of operations at Elmore Community Hospital, said doctors can splint a broken bone, stabilize a patient involved in a car crash and treat life-threatening infections. Amy Yurkanin, AL.com, 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of splint


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for splint


Middle English, from Middle Low German splinte, splente; probably akin to Middle Dutch splitten to split

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

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English Language Learners Definition of splint

: a piece of wood, metal, plastic, etc., that is used to hold a broken bone in the correct position while it heals


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Kids Definition of splint

1 : a thin flexible strip of wood woven together with others in making a chair seat or basket
2 : a rigid device for keeping a broken or displaced bone in place while it heals


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Medical Definition of splint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : material or a device used to protect and immobilize a body part a plaster splint for a fractured leg a dental splint
2 : a bony enlargement on the upper part of the cannon bone of a horse usually on the inside of the leg


transitive verb

Medical Definition of splint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to support and immobilize (as a broken bone) with a splint
2 : to protect against pain by reducing the motion of the patient splinted his chest by a fixed position and shallow breathing

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