[ splint ]
/ splɪnt /


verb (used with object)

to secure, hold in position, or support by means of a splint or splints, as a fractured bone.
to support as if with splints.

Nearby words

  1. splice,
  2. splicer,
  3. splicing,
  4. spliff,
  5. spline,
  6. splint bone,
  7. splinter,
  8. splinter group,
  9. splintery,
  10. split

Origin of splint

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German splinte; cf. splinter

Related formssplint·like, adjectiveun·splint·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for splint


/ (splɪnt) /



to apply a splint to (a broken arm, etc)
Derived Formssplintlike, adjective

Word Origin for splint

C13: from Middle Low German splinte; related to Middle Dutch splinte splint, Old High German spaltan to split

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Word Origin and History for splint



c.1300, "plate of armor," probably from Middle Low German splinte, splente "thin piece of iron," related to Middle Dutch splinte "splint," probably ultimately from PIE *(s)plei- "to split, splice" (see flint). Cognate with Danish splint "splinter," Swedish splint "wooden peg, wedge." Meaning "slender flexible slip of wood" is recorded from early 14c.; specific surgical sense is attested from c.1400.

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Medicine definitions for splint


[ splĭnt ]


A rigid device used to prevent motion of a joint or of the ends of a fractured bone.
A dental appliance put on the teeth to protect them from grinding or from moving out of place.


To support or restrict with a splint.

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