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1. A piece of wood split off; a thin piece (in proportion to its thickness, ) of wood or other solid substance, rent from the main body; as splinters of a ships side or mast, rent off by a shot.

2. In surgery, a thin piece of wood or other substance, used to hold or confine a broken bone when set.

3. A piece of bone rent off in a fracture.

SPLINT, SPLINTER, verb transitive

1. To split or rend into long thin pieces; to shiver; as, the lightning splinters a tree.

2. To confine with splinters, as a broken limb.