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splinter

[splin-ter] /ˈsplɪn tər/
noun
1.
a small, thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, or the like, split or broken off from the main body.
verb (used with object)
3.
to split or break into splinters.
4.
to break off (something) in splinters.
5.
to split or break (a larger group) into separate factions or independent groups.
6.
Obsolete. to secure or support by a splint or splints, as a broken limb.
verb (used without object)
7.
to be split or broken into splinters.
8.
to break off in splinters.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; cf. splint
Related forms
splinterless, adjective
splintery, adjective
unsplintered, adjective
Synonyms
1. sliver. 8. separate, part, split.
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Examples for splinter
  • 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.
  • splinter of teenage mutant ninja turtles fame is a mutated rat.
British Dictionary definitions for splinter

splinter

/ˈsplɪntə/
noun
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
verb
3.
to reduce or be reduced to sharp fragments; shatter
4.
to break or be broken off in small sharp fragments
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch splinter; see splint
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Word Origin and History for splinter
splinter
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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Slang definitions & phrases for splinter

splinter

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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splinter in Technology


A PL/I interpreter with debugging features.
[Sammet 1969, p.600].
(1995-01-19)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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