from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- intransitive v. To split or break into sharp, slender pieces; form splinters. See Synonyms at break.
- transitive v. To cause to splinter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long, sharp fragment of material; often wood.
- n. A group that formed by splitting off from a larger membership.
- v. To come apart into long sharp fragments.
- v. To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.
- v. To break, or cause to break, into factions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To split or rend into long, thin pieces; to shiver.
- transitive v. To fasten or confine with splinters, or splints, as a broken limb.
- intransitive 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English, from Middle Dutch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
to splint + -er (Wiktionary)