from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thin piece split off from a larger piece; a splinter.
- n. A rigid device used to prevent motion of a joint or of the ends of a fractured bone.
- n. A dental appliance put on the teeth to protect them from grinding or from moving out of place.
- n. A thin, flexible wooden strip, such as one used in the making of baskets or chair bottoms.
- n. A plate or strip of metal.
- n. A bony enlargement of the cannon bone or splint bone of a horse.
- transitive v. To support or restrict with or as if with a splint.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A narrow strip of wood split or peeled off of a larger piece.
- n. A device to immobilize a body part.
- n. A dental device applied consequent to undergoing orthodontia.
- n. A segment of armor.
- n. A bone found on either side of the horse's cannon bone; second or fourth metacarpal (forelimb) or metatarsal (hindlimb) bone.
- v. To apply a splint to; to fasten with splints.
- v. To support one's abdomen with hands or a pillow before attempting to cough.
- v. To split into thin, slender pieces; to splinter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A piece split off; a splinter.
- n. A thin piece of wood, or other substance, used to keep in place, or protect, an injured part, especially a broken bone when set.
- n. A splint bone.
- n. A disease affecting the splint bones, as a callosity or hard excrescence.
- n. One of the small plates of metal used in making splint armor. See Splint armor, below.
- n. Splint, or splent, coal. See Splent coal, under Splent.
- transitive v. To split into splints, or thin, slender pieces; to splinter; to shiver.
- transitive v. To fasten or confine with splints, as a broken limb. See Splint, n., 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To splinter; shiver.
- To join together, confine, or support by means of splints, as a broken limb.
- n. A piece of wood or other substance split off; a splinter.
- n. A thin flexible strip of wood (or metal) adapted to a particular use.
- n. In anatomy, a bone acting as a splint; a splint-bone.
- n. In farriery: Periostitis in the horse, involving the inner small and the large metacarpal or cannon-bone, rarely also the corresponding metatarsal bones. It is caused mainly by concussion, and sometimes leads to lameness.
- n. An exostosis of the splint-bone of a horse; a bony callus or excrescence on a horse's leg formed by periostitis of a splint-bone.
- n. Alburnum or sap-wood.
- n. A variety of bituminous coal which is of a dull, stony luster and breaks in slab-like masses; splint-coal. It is contrasted with the shining variety or glance-coal, which breaks in cubes and which is often strongly coking, whereas splint-coal is not.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an orthopedic mechanical device used to immobilize and protect a part of the body (as a broken leg)
- v. support with a splint
- n. a thin sliver of wood
Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German splinte.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)