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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
to fasten or confine with splints