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a thin piece of wood or other rigid material used to immobilize a fractured or dislocated bone, or to maintain any part of the body in a fixed position.
one of a number of thin strips of wood woven together to make a chair seat, basket, etc.
Veterinary Medicine. an exostosis or bony enlargement of a splint bone of a horse or a related animal.
- 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.
British Dialect. a splinter of wood or stone.
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.
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Origin of splint
1275–1325; Middle English <Middle Dutch or Middle Low German splinte;cf. splinter
OTHER WORDS FROM splintsplintlike, adjectiveun·splint·ed, adjective
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How to use splint in a sentence
He spent 10 months in a tuberculosis sanatorium with his leg immobilized in a splint, but a cause for his knee ailment was never determined.David Prowse, English actor and weightlifter who embodied Darth Vader, dies at 85|Louie Estrada|November 29, 2020|Washington Post
Additionally, they help prevent pain from runner’s knee, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis.Gift Guide: What you need to work(out) from home|Rachel King|November 2, 2020|Fortune
Both were cases of gangrene of the leg, the result of tight splinting by potters.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
Displacement and crepitus are prevented by the splinting action of the ligaments.
In transverse fractures the position may be maintained by a simple ferrule of poroplastic or Gooch-splinting.
After splinting, keep the injured arm or leg a little higher than the rest of the patient's body.In Time Of Emergency|Department of Defense
Immobilization—Systemic immobilization is effected by body rest and locally by splinting the bitten area.
British Dictionary definitions for splint
/ (splɪnt) /
a rigid support for restricting movement of an injured part, esp a broken bone
a thin sliver of wood, esp one that is used to light cigars, a fire, etc
a thin strip of wood woven with others to form a chair seat, basket, etc
vet science inflammation of the small metatarsal or metacarpal bones along the side of the cannon bone of a horse
one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330
another word for splinter
to apply a splint to (a broken arm, etc)
Derived forms of splintsplintlike, 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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