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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsplɪntə(ɹ)/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈsplɪntɚ/, [ˈsplɪɾ̃ɚ]
- (Southern American English) IPA(key): /ˈsplɪnɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɪntə(r), -ɪntɚ
splinter (plural splinters)
- A long, sharp fragment of material, often wood.
- A group that formed by splitting off from a larger membership.
fragment of material
- (intransitive) To come apart into long sharp fragments.
- The tall tree splintered during the storm.
- (transitive) To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.
- His third kick splintered the door.
- After splintering their lances, they wheeled about, and […] abandoned the field to the enemy.
- (figuratively, of a group) To break, or cause to break, into factions.
- The government splintered when the coalition members could not agree.
- The unpopular new policies splintered the company.
- (transitive) To fasten or confine with splinters, or splints, as a broken limb.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Wren to this entry?)
to come apart into splinters
to cause to break apart into splinters
to break or cause to break into factions