a small, thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, or the like, split or broken off from the main body.
verb (used with object)
to split or break into splinters.
to break off (something) in splinters.
to split or break (a larger group) into separate factions or independent groups.
Obsolete. to secure or support by a splint or splints, as a broken limb.
verb (used without object)
to be split or broken into splinters.
to break off in splinters.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; cf. splint

splinterless, adjective
splintery, adjective
unsplintered, adjective

1. sliver. 8. separate, part, split.
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splinter (ˈsplɪntə)
1.  a very small sharp piece of wood, glass, metal, etc, characteristically long and thin, broken off from a whole
2.  a metal fragment, from the container of a shell, bomb, etc, thrown out during an explosion
3.  to reduce or be reduced to sharp fragments; shatter
4.  to break or be broken off in small sharp fragments
[C14: from Middle Dutch splinter; see splint]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from M.Du. splinter, splenter "a splinter," related to splinte (see splint). The verb is from 1580s; figurative sense from c.1600. The adjective (as in splinter party) is first recorded 1935, from the noun.
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Computing Dictionary

SPLINTER definition

A PL/I interpreter with debugging features.
[Sammet 1969, p.600].

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Example sentences
Non-alphas spin off to form splinter packs, because it is the only way they will get to breed.
Every thistle, splinter, butterfly over the drainage ditches.
Beyond, crooked paths of water splinter out into thickets bathed in shadows.
Pain may not be felt and the splinter may or may not be visible.
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