- A small, thin, sharp piece of wood, glass, or similar material broken off from a larger piece: a splinter of iceMore example sentences
- Their room was filled with glass shards and wood splinters.
- She looked down at her hands, bloody from the myriad of wood splinters and glass shards that had imbedded themselves in her skin.
- The splinter from the broken glass hit Evelyn's right shin, leaving a two-inch gash.
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- 1Break or cause to break into small sharp fragments: [no object]: the soap box splintered [with object]: he crashed into a fence, splintering the wooden barricadeMore example sentences
- The thought enraged her further and her fist hit the mirror, shattering it and splintering the wooden frame around it.
- Some were popped out of their frames by the force of the exploding jet fuel, but they fell without breaking or splintering.
- Coat wooden handles with boiled linseed oil to help preserve them and prevent splintering and breaking.
- 1.1(Of a group or organization) separate into smaller units, typically as a result of disagreement: the party had begun to splinter into factionsMore example sentences
- Tymoshenko is expected to close at least some of the gap by picking up votes splintered among candidates in the first round.
- In fact, the black community is on the verge of becoming much more politically splintered.
- Any attempt to expel certain groups based on untrue allegations will be likely to splinter the movement unnecessarily.
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- She takes half-hour showers after work and makes Dr Pepper popsicles in the ice tray, splintery brown cubes she sucks between her fingers.
- At the near end of the pond was a splintery wooden dock.
- All three versions combine the joy of dry, splintery pastry with the joy of chewy, indigestible glop.
Middle English: from Middle Dutch splinter, splenter; related to splint.