- 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[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. Word Origin Middle English: from Middle Dutch splinter, splenter; related to splint.
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//