What does splint mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. splint(noun)

    a thin sliver of wood

    "he lit the fire with a burning splint"

  2. splint(verb)

    an orthopedic mechanical device used to immobilize and protect a part of the body (as a broken leg)

  3. splint(verb)

    support with a splint

    "splint a broken finger"


  1. splint(Noun)

    A narrow strip of wood split or peeled off of a larger piece.

  2. splint(Noun)

    A device to immobilize a body part.

    1900 But it so happened that I had a man in the hospital at the time, and going there to see about him the day before the opening of the Inquiry, I saw in the white men's ward that little chap tossing on his back, with his arm in splints, and quite light-headed. Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, Chapter 5.

  3. splint(Noun)

    A dental device applied consequent to undergoing orthodontia.

  4. splint(Noun)

    A segment of armor.

    1819 The fore-part of his thighs, where the folds of his mantle permitted them to be seen, were also covered with linked mail; the knees and feet were defended by splints , or thin plates of steel, ingeniously jointed upon each other; and mail hose, reaching from the ankle to the knee, effectually protected the legs, and completed the rider's defensive armour. u2014 Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 1.

  5. splint(Noun)

    A bone found on either side of the horse's cannon bone.

  6. splint(Verb)

    To apply a splint to; to fasten with splints.

  7. splint(Verb)

    To support one's abdomen with hands or a pillow before attempting to cough.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Splint(verb)

    a piece split off; a splinter

  2. Splint(verb)

    a thin piece of wood, or other substance, used to keep in place, or protect, an injured part, especially a broken bone when set

  3. Splint(verb)

    a splint bone

  4. Splint(verb)

    a disease affecting the splint bones, as a callosity or hard excrescence

  5. Splint(verb)

    one of the small plates of metal used in making splint armor. See Splint armor, below

  6. Splint(verb)

    splint, or splent, coal. See Splent coal, under Splent

  7. Splint(verb)

    to split into splints, or thin, slender pieces; to splinter; to shiver

  8. Splint(verb)

    to fasten or confine with splints, as a broken limb. See Splint, n., 2

  9. Origin: [Akin to D. splinter,G. splinter, splitter, Dan. splint, Sw. splint a kind of spike, a forelock (in nautical use), Sw. splintato splint, splinter, Dan. splinte, and E. split. See Split, v. t., and cf. Splent.]


  1. Splint

    A splint is a device used for support or immobilization of limbs or of the spine. It can be used: ⁕By the emergency medical services or by volunteer first responders, to immobilize a fractured limb before the transportation; it is then a temporary immobilization; ⁕By allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and orthotists, to immobilize an articulation that can be freed while not standing. ⁕By athletic trainers to immobilize an injured bone or joint to facilitate safer transportation of the injured person. ⁕By emergency room physicians to stabilize fractures or sprains until follow-up appointment with an Orthopedist. In most ERs, a fibreglass splinting material, called Orthoglass, is commonly used for several reasons. ⁕It is clean, unlike most plaster splinting materials ⁕It comes in rolls and can be easily measured and cut according to the patient's dimensions. ⁕It comes pre-padded, which saves time and energy trying to roll out padding. ⁕It dries in about 20 minutes, and there are no risks for burns involved. A nasal splint helps control bleeding and provide support in certain cases where the nose bone is broken.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Splint

    splint, n. a small piece of wood split off: a thin piece of padded wood, &c., for keeping a fractured limb in its proper position: a bony enlargement on the horse's leg, between the knee and the fetlock, usually appearing on the inside of one or both forelegs, frequently situated between the large and small canon bones, depending upon concussion—also Splent.—v.t. to confine with splints.—ns. Splint′age, use of splints; Splint′-arm′our, armour made of splints or narrow overlapping plates; Splint′-coal, cannel-coal of slaty structure; Splint′er, a piece of wood, &c., split off.—v.t. and v.i. to split into splinters.—ns. Splint′er-bar, the cross-bar of a coach, supporting the springs; Splint′er-bone, the fibula.—adjs. Splint′er-proof, proof against the splinters of bursting shells; Splint′ery, made of, or like, splinters: apt to splinter. [Sw. splintsplinta, to splinter; cf. Split.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of splint in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of splint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Glenn Green:

    When we performed endoscopy of [Kaiba’s] airway, we see normal physiologic motion of the bronchus and that means that the splint is longer holding the bronchus open in a stiff-type manner, that it’s functionally degraded at this point.

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