\ ˈsplint How to pronounce splint (audio) \
variants: or less commonly splent \ ˈsplent How to pronounce splent (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)
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 Still, playing with a splint will certainly impact his ball-handling to some degree. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard to wear splint, Zach Collins is out against Los Angeles Lakers: Game 3 preview," 22 Aug. 2020 D'Amelio even shared candid photos right after surgery wearing a nose splint and gauze for the bleeding and recovery. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "TikTok Star Charli D'Amelio Dyes Her Hair Blue After Giving a 'Nose Job' Update," 31 July 2020 Another doctor claimed the baby had a splint on his leg although there was no evidence of a broken or fractured bone, according to the notice. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "'We were guilty until we could prove ourselves innocent': Family files claim against DCS after newborn taken," 2 July 2020 The kit includes antiseptic towelettes, alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment packets, a cold compress, 50 adhesive bandages, a tape roll, butterfly closures, finger splints, gauze pads and gloves. oregonlive, "100-piece first aid kit for under $10 to stay prepared at home during coronavirus isolation," 20 Apr. 2020 Juliana had a minor sprain and went home with a splint. NBC News, "Get down from there! Parents struggle to keep cooped-up kids out of the ER," 25 Apr. 2020 Some first-aid kits include a packable splint, but a little improvisation can work, too. Alisha Mcdarris, Popular Science, "You broke a bone in the middle of nowhere. Now what?," 11 Feb. 2020 Piks, who is headed to Lake Erie College, played with two fingers on his right hand wrapped in a splint. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Another homecoming, higher stakes for Brush-Cleveland Heights rematch: District tournament takeaways," 2 Mar. 2020 For instance, there was the time Olympian Kate Grace and U.S. Outdoor 1,500-meter champ Craig Engels competed against the clock to see who first could come up with a splint for a broken arm out of a random sack of materials Wheating provided. oregonlive, "Jeff Merrill and Andrew Wheating bring Olympic-level runners to life in ‘Tracklandia’," 20 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Explaining Cowboys QB Dak Prescott's compound fracture and ankle dislocation," 12 Oct. 2020 Who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadowlark. New York Times, "‘August,’ by Callan Wink: An Excerpt," 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, "Trail runner with broken leg crawled 10 hours for help on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula," 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, "She’s the only kid on the island. And she’s graduating," 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, "A door on a Royal Caribbean ship crushed her hand. She sued for $20.3 million — and won," 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, "Financial woes put Alabama's rural hospitals on life support," 29 Dec. 2017 The dog that was attacked had its broken leg splinted in hopes of giving it a chance of recovery. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Man arrested for OVI after assault of bar employee: South Euclid Police Blotter," 11 Oct. 2017 His left hand was splinted and bandaged; long metal pins protruded from it. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS," 6 Feb. 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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“Splint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splint. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce splint (audio)

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

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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