splints

splint

[splint]
noun
1.
a thin piece of wood or other rigid material used to immobilize a fractured or dislocated bone, or to maintain any part of the body in a fixed position.
2.
one of a number of thin strips of wood woven together to make a chair seat, basket, etc.
3.
Veterinary Medicine. an exostosis or bony enlargement of a splint bone of a horse or a related animal.
4.
Armor.
a.
any of a number of narrow plates or lames joined with rivets or a backing to form a piece of armor.
b.
a partial vambrace protecting only the outer part of the arm.
5.
British Dialect. a splinter of wood or stone.
verb (used with object)
6.
to secure, hold in position, or support by means of a splint or splints, as a fractured bone.
7.
to support as if with splints.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German splinte; cf. splinter

splintlike, adjective
unsplinted, adjective
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splint (splɪnt)
 
n
1.  a rigid support for restricting movement of an injured part, esp a broken bone
2.  a thin sliver of wood, esp one that is used to light cigars, a fire, etc
3.  a thin strip of wood woven with others to form a chair seat, basket, etc
4.  vet science inflammation of the small metatarsal or metacarpal bones along the side of the cannon bone of a horse
5.  one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330
6.  another word for splinter
 
vb
7.  to apply a splint to (a broken arm, etc)
 
[C13: from Middle Low German splinte; related to Middle Dutch splinte splint, Old High German spaltan to split]
 
'splintlike
 
adj

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splint
c.1300, "plate of armor," probably from M.L.G. splinte, splente "thin piece of iron," related to M.Du. splinte "splint," probably ult. from PIE *(s)plei- "to split, splice" (see flint). Cognate with Dan. splint "splinter," Swed. splint "wooden peg, wedge." Meaning "slender
flexible slip of wood" is recorded from early 14c.; specific surgical sense is attested from c.1400.
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splint (splĭnt)
n.

  1. A rigid device used to prevent motion of a joint or of the ends of a fractured bone.

  2. A dental appliance put on the teeth to protect them from grinding or from moving out of place.

v. splint·ed, splint·ing, splints
To support or restrict with a splint.
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