- splinters; small pieces or fragments.
Origin of flinders
1400–50; late Middle English flendris, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flindra splinter; perhaps akin to flint
- 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.
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Examples from the Web for flinders
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
"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
- rare small fragments or splinters (esp in the phrase fly into flinders)
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flindra thin piece of stone
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