from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thin piece split off from a larger piece; a splinter.
  • noun A rigid device used to prevent motion of a joint or of the ends of a fractured bone.
  • noun A dental appliance put on the teeth to protect them from grinding or from moving out of place.
  • noun A thin, flexible wooden strip, such as one used in the making of baskets or chair bottoms.
  • noun A plate or strip of metal.
  • noun A bony enlargement of the cannon bone or splint bone of a horse.
  • transitive verb To support or restrict with or as if with a splint.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A piece of wood or other substance split off; a splinter.
  • noun A thin flexible strip of wood (or metal) adapted to a particular use.
  • noun In anatomy, a bone acting as a splint; a splint-bone.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Alburnum or sap-wood.
  • To splinter; shiver.
  • To join together, confine, or support by means of splints, as a broken limb.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A piece split off; a splinter.
  • noun (Surg.) A thin piece of wood, or other substance, used to keep in place, or protect, an injured part, especially a broken bone when set.
  • noun (Anat.) A splint bone.
  • noun (Far.) A disease affecting the splint bones, as a callosity or hard excrescence.
  • noun (Anc. Armor.) One of the small plates of metal used in making splint armor. See Splint armor, below.
  • noun Splint, or splent, coal. See Splent coal, under Splent.
  • noun a kind of ancient armor formed of thin plates of metal, usually overlapping each other and allowing the limbs to move freely.
  • noun (Anat.) one of the rudimentary, splintlike metacarpal or metatarsal bones on either side of the cannon bone in the limbs of the horse and allied animals.
  • noun See Splent coal, under Splent.
  • transitive verb Obs. or R. To split into splints, or thin, slender pieces; to splinter; to shiver.
  • transitive verb rare To fasten or confine with splints, as a broken limb. See Splint, n., 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A narrow strip of wood split or peeled off of a larger piece.
  • noun medicine A device to immobilize a body part.
  • noun A dental device applied consequent to undergoing orthodontia.
  • noun A segment of armor.
  • noun A bone found on either side of the horse's cannon bone; second or fourth metacarpal (forelimb) or metatarsal (hindlimb) bone.
  • verb transitive To apply a splint to; to fasten with splints.
  • verb To support one's abdomen with hands or a pillow before attempting to cough.
  • verb obsolete, rare, transitive To split into thin, slender pieces; to splinter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an orthopedic mechanical device used to immobilize and protect a part of the body (as a broken leg)
  • verb support with a splint
  • noun a thin sliver of wood


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German splinte.]


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