American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sharp, slender piece, as of wood, bone, glass, or metal, split or broken off from a main body.
- n. A splinter group.
- v. To split or break into sharp, slender pieces; form splinters. See Synonyms at break.
- v. To cause to splinter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To split or rend into long thin pieces; shiver.
- To support by a splint, as a broken limb; splint.
- To be split or rent into long pieces; shiver.
- n. A sharp-edged fragment of anything split or shivered off more or less in the direction of its length; a thin piece (in proportion to its length) of wood or other solid substance rent from the main body; a splint.
- n. A long, sharp fragment of material; often wood.
- n. A group that formed by splitting off from a larger membership.
- v. intransitive To come apart into long sharp fragments.
- v. transitive To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.
- v. figuratively, of a group To break, or cause to break, into factions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To split or rend into long, thin pieces; to shiver.
- v. To fasten or confine with splinters, or splints, as a broken limb.
- v. To become split into long pieces.
- n. A thin piece split or rent off lengthwise, as from wood, bone, or other solid substance; a thin piece; a sliver.
- v. withdraw from an organization or communion
- v. break up into splinters or slivers
- n. a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal
- v. divide into slivers or splinters
- to splint + -er (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Middle Dutch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Onward and upward he led until all at once we reached a narrow platform, railed round and hung about with plaited rope screens which he called splinter-mats, over which I had a view of land and water, of ships and basins, of miles of causeways and piers, none of which had been in existence before the war.”
“Now I must go to Google to determine the answer to this early-morning brain splinter ….”
“A waggon locked wheels for a moment and ripped a long splinter from the chaise.”
“The complications were that old spear wound, which inflamed, and they found that a splinter from the jagged tip had been left in.”
“-- what with elections coming up, and a certain splinter group that wants to take back America and such.”
“Getting back to the Body theme of the month, Sunday morning I spent some time trying to extract a splinter from the Little Bird’s little foot.”
“And he took the splinter from the brontosaurus’ paw and the brontosaurus became his friend.”
“But Jesus was unafraid, and he took the splinter from the brontosaurus’ paw, and the big lizard became his friend.”
“But Jesus was unafraid and he took the splinter from the brontosaurus’s paw and the big lizard became his friend.”
“They believe that when push comes to cash poor, the union will splinter, which is essentially what happened in early 1999 when the season reached the point of no return.”
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