WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
splin•ter /ˈsplɪntɚ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Pathologya small, thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, etc., split off from the main body:He used a needle to remove the splinter from his finger.
- a part of an organization that breaks off from the main group:A splinter group broke away from the radical party.
- to (cause to) be split into splinters: [no object]The wooden guard rail splintered as the truck drove through it.[~ + object]The huge truck splintered the flimsy guard rail.
- to split (a larger group) into separate factions: [~ + object]These divisions will splinter the Republican Party.[no object]One group after another splintered away from the Democratic Party.
(splin′tər),USA pronunciation n.
- Pathologya small, thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, or the like, split or broken off from the main body.
- See splinter group.
- to split or break into splinters.
- to break off (something) in splinters.
- to split or break (a larger group) into separate factions or independent groups.
- [Obs.]to secure or support by a splint or splints, as a broken limb.
- to be split or broken into splinters.
- to break off in splinters.
- Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; compare splint
- Middle English 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sliver.
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged separate, part, split.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
splinter /ˈsplɪntə/ n
- a very small sharp piece of wood, glass, metal, etc, characteristically long and thin, broken off from a whole
- a metal fragment, from the container of a shell, bomb, etc, thrown out during an explosion
Etymology: 14th Century: from Middle Dutch splinter; see splint
- to reduce or be reduced to sharp fragments; shatter
- to break or be broken off in small sharp fragments
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