AskDefine | Define splinter

Dictionary Definition

splinter n : a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal; "he got a splinter in his finger"; "it flew into flinders" [syn: sliver, flinders]


1 withdraw from an organization or communion; "After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away" [syn: secede, break away]
2 divide into slivers or splinters [syn: sliver]
3 break up into splinters or slivers; "The wood splintered" [syn: sliver]

User Contributed Dictionary



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  1. A long, sharp fragment of material; often wood.
  2. A group that formed by splitting off from a larger membership.




  1. To come apart into splinters.
  2. To cause to break apart into splinters.


to come apart into splinters
to cause to break apart into splinters

Extensive Definition

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splinter in French: Splinter
splinter in Italian: Lo Scheggia
splinter in Dutch: Splinter
splinter in Portuguese: Splinter (desambiguação)
splinter in Swedish: Splinter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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