splint

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Etymology[edit]

Wrist splint

Middle English, from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch

Noun[edit]

splint (plural splints)

  1. A narrow strip of wood split or peeled off of a larger piece.
  2. (medicine) 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. A dental device applied consequent to undergoing orthodontia.
  4. 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. — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 1.
  5. A bone found on either side of the horse's cannon bone; second or fourth metacarpal (forelimb) or metatarsal (hindlimb) bone.
  6. A disease affecting the splint bones, as a callosity or hard excrescence.
  7. splent coal

Usage notes[edit]

  • For a horse to pop a splint is for it to receive an injury to the splint bone or surrounding area.

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Verb[edit]

splint (third-person singular simple present splints, present participle splinting, simple past and past participle splinted)

  1. (transitive) To apply a splint to; to fasten with splints.
  2. To support one's abdomen with hands or a pillow before attempting to cough.
  3. (obsolete, rare, transitive) To split into thin, slender pieces; to splinter.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Florio to this entry?)

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