Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A. cross-bar in front of a vehicle to which the traces of the horses are attached; also, the cross-bar which supports the springs.
  • n. A bar or roller placed close in front of the revolving cutter-heads of wood-working or power-planing machines to remove or diminish the tendency of the fibers to splinter and destroy the smoothness of surface when working the stock with the grain of the wood.

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Examples

  • You may talk vaguely about driving a coach-and-six up a good old flight of stairs, or through a bad young Act of Parliament; but I mean to say you might have got a hearse up that staircase, and taken it broadwise, with the splinter-bar towards the wall and the door towards the balustrades: and done it easy.

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  • The ration cattle had not arrived yet, and the coachman claimed that the carriage's splinter-bar was breaking, but relented when Sharpe promised him a gold coin if the wood stayed whole.

    Sharpe's Regiment

  • It was drawn by four white horses that were harnessed to the splinter-bar with silver trace chains.

    Sharpe's Honour

  • He drew his sword and, reaching the vehicle, he leaned down, grasped the last trace chain, and hacked with his sword at the leather strap which held it to the splinter-bar.

    Sharpe's Honour

  • Two drag-ropes, each twenty-five feet long, of three-inch rope, with ten loops to each, are attached, one to each end of the splinter-bar, by means of which the engines are dragged; and to prevent the loops collapsing on the hand, they are partly lined with sheet-copper.

    Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction

  • You may talk vaguely about driving a coach-and-six up a good old flight of stairs, or through a bad young Act of Parliament; but I mean to say you might have got a hearse up that staircase, and taken it broadwise, with the splinter-bar [258-8] towards the wall, and the door towards the balustrades: and done it easy.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • [258-8] The splinter-bar is the cross-bar of a vehicle, to which the traces of the horses are fastened.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • Curiously enough the shafts were not broken, but the splinter-bar was.

    A Lady's Life on a Farm in Manitoba

  • The rapid movement, the moist, pungent odour of the woodland, the rhythmical trot of the horses, the rattle of the splinter-bar chains as the traces slackened going downhill, above all the presence of the man beside him, were pleasantly stimulating to Richard Calmady.

    The History of Sir Richard Calmady A Romance

  • The shock detached the whiffletree from the splinter-bar, snapped the light pole, and, turning the now thoroughly frightened animals again from their course, sent them, goaded by the clattering fragments, flying down the turnpike.

    Susy, a story of the Plains

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