- 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
The splint is fixed above and below by bandages, and the projecting knee is drawn towards it by a few turns of elastic webbing.
This it joins an inch or more above the bottom of the splint bone.Diseases of the Horse's Foot|Harry Caulton Reeks
These end splints must be trimmed evenly and left just long enough to bend over the splint running round on the inner side.Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools|Virginia McGaw
If the wound be of the leg or foot, the patient should be in the recumbent position, with the part elevated and a splint applied.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry|Maximilian Stern
He wore this splint or cap for the knee for about four weeks, when I found he could leave it off at night without much pain.Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society|Joseph Bradford Cox
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.