a small, thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, or the like, split or broken off from the main body.
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.
- splin·ter·less, adjective
- splin·ter·y, adjective
- un·splin·tered, adjective
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How to use splinter in a sentence
Lots of sub-Avengers groups added to further splintering, bad feeling, and paranoia.Tick-Tock: The Explosive Power of the Lesbian Avengers | Tim Teeman | March 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead, Egypt's current unrest is a sign of how much the nation is splintering.
Splintering of parties could spell doom for the next government.
A sudden re-appearance by Saleh might help gel the slowly splintering opposition but it could just as easily spark civil war.
"The cast is already splintering off," said Adam Scott, speaking to The Daily Beast by phone last month.
There was a cry from Tip—a sound of splintering wood—something seemed to strike me a brutal blow.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Then came a roaring broadside that went splintering through the British hull, doing more damage than all the Guerriere's fire.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
Immediately the glass doors opening on the balcony were flung back with a splintering crash.The Envoy, Her | Horace Brown Fyfe
There was a sound of splintering glass and the acrid smell of smoke.Jane Journeys On | Ruth Comfort Mitchell
It crashed into him with stunning force, and he could feel ribs splintering.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for splinter
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
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