• WordNet 3.6
    • v splinter break up into splinters or slivers "The wood splintered"
    • v splinter divide into slivers or splinters
    • v splinter withdraw from an organization or communion "After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away"
    • n splinter a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal "he got a splinter in his finger","it broke into slivers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Splinter 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.
    • v. i Splinter To become split into long pieces.
    • Splinter To fasten or confine with splinters, or splints, as a broken limb.
    • Splinter To split or rend into long, thin pieces; to shiver; as, the lightning splinters a tree. "After splintering their lances, they wheeled about, and . . . abandoned the field to the enemy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • splinter To split or rend into long thin pieces; shiver.
    • splinter To support by a splint, as a broken limb; splint.
    • splinter To be split or rent into long pieces; shiver.
    • n splinter A sharp-edged fragment of anything split or shivered off more or less in the direction of its length; a thin piece (in proportion to its length) of wood or other solid substance rent from the main body; a splint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Splinter a piece of wood, &c., split off
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  • Mervyn Peake
    Mervyn Peake
    “Each day I live in a glass room unless I break it with the thrusting of my senses and pass through the splintered walls to the great landscape.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. splittern, splinteren,. See Splint (n.) Split
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sw. splintsplinta, to splinter; cf. Split.


In literature:

Great wedgy splinters fly and strew the plain like autumn leaves.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
Loud rang the steel upon the stone; but it neither brake nor splintered.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
In the sky, splinters of mauve tore at curtains of purplish flame.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
She set her spurred heel upon it and crushed it, grinding the fragments into splinters.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
The barrels were twisted and bent, the stock splintered.
"The Rogue Elephant" by Elliott Whitney
The gun crashed into the stout timbers of the ship's side and they were splintered like match-wood.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The shocks continued; the dried mud flew about in large pieces, and the burnt wood and splinters were showered in the air.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
And at that instant there was a sound of splintering, breaking wood.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
A temporary wooden shelter faced with earth, both in siege works and in fortified places, against splinters of shells and the like.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Now plunge a lighted splinter into the jar.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education

In poetry:

Past the stony-throated caves,
Strangled by the wash of waves,
Past the splintered crags, I sank
On a green and flowery bank,--
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The day will make thee silent soon,
O nightingale sing on for love!
While yet upon the shadowy grove
Splinter the arrows of the moon.
"By The Arno" by Oscar Wilde
And now-- the moon hangs over me
A disk of dazzling brilliancy,
And every star-tip stabs my sights
With splintered glitterings of light!
"Last Night-- And This" by James Whitcomb Riley
Or looming up the heights,
Those awful spectres of the frozen zone
Splinter the crystal of heaven's sapphire dome,
With arrowy-glancing lights.
"The Death of Autumn" by Kate Seymour Maclean
One night the shells lit all the dark,
Burst in a million splinters of flame;
At morn, before the singing lark,
Flynn to his tender office came.
"The Vision" by Katharine Tynan
And swords flamed, spears to splinters crashed,
And the rich blood streamed bright
Of Arthur's peers or Charlemagne's
For you in thundering fight;
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Taut , Horrific 'Splinter' Gets Under the Skin.
Her forehead splintered the glass.
The elderly lost not a splinter of benefits in the reforms.
For every household, TweezersPlus has created the First Aid Essentials Gift Set, including their most popular product, the Professional Splinter Removal Kit.
Now people have splintered off....
More serious involvement would further splinter the centre-left vote.
Tom Hardy game for 'Splinter Cell' movie.
The GOP has frozen into an unmovable rigidity, and if it doesn't thaw, it will splinter and crack, warns The Advocate 's Editor- in-Chief Matthew Breen.
'The Walking Dead' finds the group of survivors splintering off in different directions.
Several small IRA splinter groups still launch gun and bomb attacks in Northern Ireland.
Highland Heights needs an old splinter removed.
A plan to have Splinter die was scrapped.
Splinter retreated to the sewers, raising the four turtles and training them as ninjas .
Like most stealth games, Splinter Cell requires taking the path of least visibility—but special agent Sam Fisher is also a real tough guy.
Splinter has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Applied Materials Inc since April 30, 2003.

In science:

The scope of our paper is much wider than that, and we cite Splinter et al. (1998) among others (cf.
Reply to Melott's Comment on ``Discreteness Effects in Lambda Cold Dark Matter Simulations: A Wavelet-Statistical View'' by Romeo et al
A large part of this splinter session was dedicated to an extended discussion of formation scenarios for brown dwarfs.
Formation and Evolution of Very Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs
In the splinter session, all these three subtopics were discussed in detail.
Formation and Evolution of Very Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs
The main goal of this splinter session was to highlight ongoing progress in tackling the controlling physical processes of the formation of low-mass proto-stars and proto-brown dwarfs.
The Formation of Low-Mass-Protostars and Proto-Brown Dwarfs
All talks contributing to this splinter session came from the observational side.
The Formation of Low-Mass-Protostars and Proto-Brown Dwarfs