What does splinter mean?

Definitions for splinter
ˈsplɪn tərsplin·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. splinter, sliververb

    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 awayverb

    withdraw from an organization or communion

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

  3. sliver, splinterverb

    divide into slivers or splinters

  4. splinter, sliververb

    break up into splinters or slivers

    "The wood splintered"


  1. splinternoun

    A long, sharp fragment of material; often wood.

  2. splinternoun

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

  3. splinterverb

    To come apart into long sharp fragments.

    The tall tree splintered during the storm.

  4. splinterverb

    To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.

    His third kick splintered the door.

  5. splinterverb

    To break, or cause to break, into factions.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPLINTERnoun

    Etymology: splinter, Dutch.

    He was slain upon a course at tilt, one of the splinters of Montgomery’s staff going in at his bever. Francis Bacon.

    Amidst whole heaps of spices lights a ball,
    And now their odours arm’d against them flie;
    Some preciously by shatter’d porcelain fall,
    And some by aromatick splinters die. Dryden.

    A plain Indian fan, used by the meaner sort, made of the small stringy parts of roots, spread out in a round flat form, and so bound together with a splinter hoop, and strengthened with small bars on both sides. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

  2. To Splint, To Splinterverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    This broken joint intreat her to splinter, and this crack of your love shall grow stronger than it was before. William Shakespeare, Othello.

  3. To Splinterverb

    To be broken into fragments.

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. Splinter

    A splinter (also known as a sliver) is a fragment of a larger object, or a foreign body that penetrates or is purposely injected into a body. The foreign body must be lodged inside tissue to be considered a splinter. Splinters may cause initial pain through ripping of flesh and muscle, or infection through bacteria on the foreign object.Splinters commonly consist of wood, but there are many other types, for example, other common types of splinters are glass, plastic, metal, and spines of animals.As with any wound that breaks the skin, splinters can lead to infection, which if left untreated could develop into more serious complications. If a splinter is in the body for more than 2–3 days, or if the wound shows signs of inflammation or tenderness (whether the splinter was removed or not), advice should be sought from a doctor.


  1. splinter

    A splinter is a small, thin, often sharp piece of wood, metal, glass or any other material that has broken off or detached from a larger object. It often becomes embedded in one's skin causing discomfort or pain. In a broader context, splinter can also refer to a smaller faction that has broken off from a larger group, typically due to disagreement or differing views.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Splinternoun

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

  2. Splinternoun

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

  3. Splinterverb

    to become split into long pieces

  4. Splinternoun

    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

  5. Etymology: [See Splinter, v., or Splint, n.]


  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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Splinter is ranked #34707 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Splinter surname appeared 651 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Splinter.

    95.3% or 621 total occurrences were White.
    1.6% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of splinter in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of splinter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of splinter in a Sentence

  1. Lloyd Austin:

    Putin thought that he could easily topple Kyiv’s democratically elected government. He thought that the wider world would let him get away with it. He thought that our unity would splinter, but he was wrong – on each and every count.

  2. Mike Sullivan:

    I run my hands over all the toys and feel for something that's not supposed to be there -- a loose wheel or splinter.

  3. Ashley Jones:

    I would generally recommend that you not leave a splinter in place.

  4. Bryan Bishop:

    It was less than cordial, because there were a lot of concerns there, but I tried very hard to explain to them that this is not a splinter group, that we are veterans and happen to be gay.

  5. Emmanuel Macron:

    We have to stay together, because Russian President Vladimir Putin has been counting on since the beginning that somehow the G7 or NATO would somehow splinter but we haven't and we are not going to, we can't let this aggression take the form it has and get away with it.

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