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Definition of splinter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    splinter

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsplɪntə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplɪntər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they splinter
    BrE BrE//ˈsplɪntə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplɪntər//
     
    he / she / it splinters
    BrE BrE//ˈsplɪntəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplɪntərz//
     
    past simple splintered
    BrE BrE//ˈsplɪntəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplɪntərd//
     
    past participle splintered
    BrE BrE//ˈsplɪntəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplɪntərd//
     
    -ing form splintering
    BrE BrE//ˈsplɪntərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplɪntərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (of wood, glass, stone, etc.) to break, or to make something break, into small, thin sharp pieces synonym shatter The mirror cracked but did not splinter. The vase splintered into a thousand pieces. splinter something The impact splintered the wood. She could hear the talons shredding and splintering the wood.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a group of people) to divide into smaller groups that are no longer connected; to separate from a larger group The party began to splinter. splinter (off) (from something) Several firms have splintered off from the original company.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Middle Dutch splinter, splenter; related to splint.
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