- any of a number of narrow plates or lames joined with rivets or a backing to form a piece of armor.
- a partial vambrace protecting only the outer part of the arm.
verb (used with object)
Origin of splint
Examples from the Web for splint
Historical Examples of splint
There were three straight chairs and a rocking chair with splint bottoms.Old Rail Fence Corners
It was strapped to a splint, and fluid was dripping slowly into the vein there.The Colors of Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
When an arm is put in a splint, hang the hand and forearm in a sling.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
Paresi was the Doctor, and he had many a salve and many a splint for invisible ills.Breaking Point
James E. Gunn
Then the splint burst into flame as voices were heard inquiring what it all meant.The Dingo Boys
G. Manville Fenn
Word Origin 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.