- a small, thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, or the like, split or broken off from the main body.
- 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.
- Obsolete. 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.
Origin of splinter
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Examples from the Web for splintered
Upstairs, in the living room, splintered logs of hemlock cackled and spat from inside the wood stove.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
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They splintered themselves into two categories: “Hardcore” and “Casual.”Death of ‘Gamer’ Identity: How Hardcore Trolls Pwned Themselves
September 17, 2014
He didn't lose anyone in "The Sudden Departure," but his family has splintered anyway.‘The Leftovers’ Review: A Fever Dream You Can’t Wake Up From
June 29, 2014
Lieutenant Green was first through the narrow, splintered opening his men had created in the door.When Robert E. Lee Met John Brown and Saved the Union
May 15, 2014
The stories are splintered and refracted, the progressions coiled.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
Then we splintered the hot stone by throwing water on it, and dug out the splinters.The Trail Book
In a fury he flung the glass from him, so that it crashed and splintered upon the floor.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
She was trying to clamber through a trellis of iron and splintered wood.In a Little Town
No, he says it is certainly not broken, but it may be splintered.The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
To pierce it would have splintered to pieces the sharpest sword.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- 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
- to reduce or be reduced to sharp fragments; shatter
- to break or be broken off in small sharp fragments
Word Origin and History for splintered
late 14c., from Middle Dutch splinter, splenter "a splinter," related to splinte (see splint). The adjective (as in splinter party) is first recorded 1935, from the noun.
1580s, from splinter (n.). Figurative sense from c.1600. Related: Splintered; splintering.