Definitions for splinterˈsplɪn tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

splin•terˈsplɪn tər(n.)

  1. a small, thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, or the like, split or broken off from the main body.

    Category: Pathology

  2. (v.t.)to split or break into splinters.

  3. to break off (something) in splinters.

  4. to split or break (a larger group) into separate factions or independent groups.

  5. Obs. to secure or support by a splint or splints.

  6. (v.i.)to be split or broken into splinters.

  7. to break off in splinters.

Origin of splinter:

1350–1400; ME < MD


Princeton's WordNet

  1. splinter, sliver(verb)

    a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal

    "he got a splinter in his finger"; "it broke into slivers"

  2. secede, splinter, break away(verb)

    withdraw from an organization or communion

    "After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away"

  3. sliver, splinter(verb)

    divide into slivers or splinters

  4. splinter, sliver(verb)

    break up into splinters or slivers

    "The wood splintered"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. splinter(noun)ˈsplɪn tər

    a tiny piece of wood, metal, etc. that comes off a larger piece

    a splinter in my finger

  2. splinter(verb)ˈsplɪn tər

    to break into many small pieces

    Trees splintered in the tornado.

  3. splinterˈsplɪn tər

    (of a large group) to break into several smaller groups

    an issue that splintered the party


  1. splinter(Noun)

    A long, sharp fragment of material; often wood.

  2. splinter(Noun)

    A group that formed by splitting off from a larger membership.

  3. splinter(Verb)

    To come apart into long sharp fragments.

    The tall tree splintered during the storm.

  4. splinter(Verb)

    To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.

    His third kick splintered the door.

  5. splinter(Verb)

    To break, or cause to break, into factions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Splinter(noun)

    to split or rend into long, thin pieces; to shiver; as, the lightning splinters a tree

  2. Splinter(noun)

    to fasten or confine with splinters, or splints, as a broken limb

  3. Splinter(verb)

    to become split into long pieces

  4. Splinter(noun)

    a thin piece split or rent off lengthwise, as from wood, bone, or other solid substance; a thin piece; a sliver; as, splinters of a ship's mast rent off by a shot


  1. Splinter

    Splinter is the seventh studio album by American punk rock band The Offspring, released on December 9, 2003. It was the first album the band released without drummer Ron Welty and also the first to have a Parental Advisory label on some album covers, even though many of their previous albums contain profanity. Although not as successful as The Offspring's albums between Smash and Conspiracy of One, Splinter received gold certification two months after its release. The album received average reviews, but still sold reasonably well. It debuted at 30 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with around 87,000 copies sold in its first week. "Hit That" and " Head Around You" were the only two singles to accompany this album. "Spare Me the Details" was also released as a single, but charted only in New Zealand.

Translations for splinter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small sharp broken piece of wood etc

The rough plank gave her a splinter in her finger.

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