Adjective "splintered" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A small, thin, sharp piece of wood, glass, or similar material broken off from a larger piece.
  1. 'She looked down at her hands, bloody from the myriad of wood splinters and glass shards that had imbedded themselves in her skin.'
  2. '‘Where windows have been knocked out there are splinters of glass all over our property,’ added Mr Lister.'
  3. 'Their bunker was ripped to pieces and splinters of wood were sent sky-high.'
  4. 'The entire structure seemed ready to collapse into a sea of glass shards and splinters.'
  5. 'All three were being treated for possible glass splinters in the face.'
  6. 'There were some splinters of wood in a glass case, the clear surface clouded with age.'
  7. 'Sivar turned away and chipped at a splinter of wood that poked from the window ledge.'
  8. 'Finally, rub down the wood to remove the splinters, give it a thin wash of acrylic paint and brush on the clear preservative.'
  9. 'The flying vehicle of ours crashed through the roadblock, sending splinters and pieces of wood whistling all over the place.'
  10. 'Outside, power lines were dragging in pools of rainwater and in the hotel corridors solid wood doors lay in splinters.'


Break or cause to break into small sharp fragments.
  1. with object 'he crashed into a fence, splintering the wooden barricade'
  2. 'The plastic glass on the front door is cracked and splintered, and sheets and filthy blankets are draped over the dirty windows.'
  3. 'His wrists broke as he tried to catch himself, splintering under the weight of the senseless lunks of people handcuffed to him.'
  4. 'I walked to the main door and put my right arm on the slightly splintered, wooden doorway.'
  5. 'Most of the furniture was broken or splintered and everything appeared to be at least ten years old.'
  6. 'He carried a wooden cane that was splintered at the handle so he had a rubber band to keep it together.'
  7. 'Raev'n had gone into the forest, and branches could be heard splintering from within, the sound only broken by her sobs.'
  8. 'Police smashed their way into some houses soon after 5am, breaking windows and splintering doors.'
  9. 'The door fell forward, cracking and splintering violently before being tossed gruesomely to the side.'
  10. 'Sam and Flick dived aside in the nick of time, just before the entire wooden shelf splintered against the floor.'
  11. 'The thought enraged her further and her fist hit the mirror, shattering it and splintering the wooden frame around it.'
  12. 'Shiite religious leaders don't want powerful regions that would dilute their national clout, and there's always the danger the country could splinter.'
  13. 'A truly complex job, considering American culture has splintered viewer tastes.'
  14. 'Given the crisis in the country there is no way the splintered parties can handle it.'
  15. 'My goal is not to splinter the left.'
  16. 'The group urged all of Darfur's splintered rebel factions to accept new peace negotiations due to open in Libya later this month.'
  17. 'Palestinians fear the barrier would splinter the State they seek.'
  18. 'Exactly what Brown will do to stop children splintering from society is not yet clear.'
  19. 'In lieu of a political party, the Tories have splintered into think tanks.'
  20. 'Like Alfred Adler, Jung found himself splintering away to pursue his own theories.'
  21. 'Parents for Justice had withdrawn its co-operation from the faltering Dunne investigation and, riven by internal bickering, was close to splintering.'

More definitions

1. a small, thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, or the like, split or broken off from the main body.

2. splinter group. verb (used with object)

3. to split or break into splinters.

4. to break off (something) in splinters.

5. to split or break (a larger group) into separate factions or independent groups.

6. Obsolete. to secure or support by a splint or splints, as a broken limb. verb (used without object)

7. to be split or broken into splinters.

8. to break off in splinters.|

More examples(as adjective)

"parties can be splintered."

"parliaments can be splintered."

"woods can be splintered."

"trees can be splintered."

"remainses can be splintered."

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(splinter)Middle English: from Middle Dutch splinter, splenter; related to splint.