Definition of splint in English:

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Pronunciation: /splint/


1A strip of rigid material used for supporting and immobilizing a broken bone when it has been set: she had to wear splints on her legs
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  • If a single digit is infected, a finger splint supporting the interphalangeal joints in extension is usually adequate.
  • Medications, hand splints and physical therapy can help in earlier stages of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The splint supported the posterolateral part of the lower leg but also had a slight anterior curve.
2A long, thin strip of wood used to light a fire.
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  • By the light of burning splints, the raiders had marched all the men into the fields and tied them up.
  • Then he cuts a few short splints from the edge of another scrap of wood.
2.1A rigid or flexible strip, especially of wood, used in basketwork.
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  • It was employed to create splints for making baskets, skin an animal, fashion snowshoes, harpoons, spears, bowls, and ladles, and make a birchbark canoe.
  • Some of us had a chance to beat on a hickory log to make basket splints, or watch gunsmithing, cabinetry, tinsmithing, pottery, printing, and many other trades.
  • The vegetation also provided splints from which the Indians wove baskets, which were considered vital for religious use.
3A bony enlargement on the inside of a horse’s leg, on the splint bone.
Example sentences
  • He's got a nasty old splint on the inside of his knee and it often flares up,’ said the Jackdaws Castle trainer.
  • In ventral view, the sphenorbital fissure, which is long and oval, is exposed posteriorly and is separated from the relatively small optic foramen by a narrow bony splint.
  • Bellamy Road came out of his seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby with a splint injury and has not raced since.


[with object]
Secure (a broken limb) with a splint or splints: his leg was splinted
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  • There his leg was splinted and eight Tibetan yak herdsmen carried Conan for 17 hours to base camp.
  • It really could have been a lot worse and Johnny and Cipriano did an excellent job in splinting that arm right away.
  • The treatment plan recommended at this late stage included splinting the hand in an intrinsic-plus position and observation to allow definitive demarcation of the involved parts of the left hand.


Middle English (sense 2 of the noun): from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German splinte 'metal plate or pin'; related to splinter.

Words that rhyme with splint

asquint, bint, clint, dint, flint, glint, hint, imprint, lint, mint, misprint, print, quint, skint, sprint, squint, stint, tint

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Syllabification: splint

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