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[flin-derz] /ˈflɪn dərz/
plural noun
splinters; small pieces or fragments.
Origin of flinders
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English flendris, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flindra splinter; perhaps akin to flint


[flin-derz] /ˈflɪn dərz/
Matthew, 1774–1814, English navigator and explorer: surveyed coast of Australia.
a river in NE Australia, flowing NW to the Gulf of Carpentaria. 520 miles (837 km) long. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flinders
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  • Tasman's account of the natives—Cook's—Labillardière's—flinders'.

  • When they met at flinders', communication was difficult, yet their songs were the same.

  • Chips and flinders had been knocked by the same forces from the boulders and the rocks.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • He jerks out his pipe an' breaks it in flinders ober my head.

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • "I wish it had stove his old machine all to flinders and him with it," he said to me, revengefully.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • And have you had no tussle with your conscience, flinders, about this business?

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • “That makes siven hundred, sor,” said flinders, suggestively.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • This seemed to satisfy the man, who at once went away, leaving flinders on guard.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • Anyhow my doom is fixed, and poor flinders with his friends will lose their money.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • “B–b–but, sor,” said flinders, with a perplexed and pitiful air.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for flinders


plural noun
(rare) small fragments or splinters (esp in the phrase fly into flinders)
Word Origin
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flindra thin piece of stone
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Word Origin and History for flinders

mid-15c., Scottish flendris, probably related to Norwegian flindra "chip, splinter," or Dutch flenter "fragment;" ultimately from the same PIE root that produced flint.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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