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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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British Dictionary definitions for splinterless

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 splinterless

splinter

n.

late 14c., from Middle Dutch splinter, splenter "a splinter," related to splinte (see splint). The adjective (as in splinter party) is first recorded 1935, from the noun.

v.

1580s, from splinter (n.). Figurative sense from c.1600. Related: Splintered; splintering.

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Slang definitions & phrases for splinterless

splice the main brace

verb phrase

To have a drink of liquor (1850+ Nautical)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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