- a thin strip of wood or cane woven together with others to make baskets, chair seats, etc.
- a thin strip of metal used in overlapping construction with others to make medieval armor
- a thin, rigid strip of wood, metal, etc. set along a broken bone to keep the pieces in place or used to keep a part of the body in a fixed position
- a bony growth or tumor on the cannon bone of a horse, mule, etc.
Origin of splintMiddle English splente from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German splinte: for Indo-European base see split
- A thin piece split off from a larger piece; a splinter.
- a. A rigid device used to prevent motion of a joint or of the ends of a fractured bone.b. A dental appliance put on the teeth to protect them from grinding or from moving out of place.
- A thin, flexible wooden strip, such as one used in the making of baskets or chair bottoms.
- A plate or strip of metal.
- A bony enlargement of the cannon bone or splint bone of a horse.
transitive verbsplint·ed, splint·ing, splints
Origin of splintMiddle English from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German splinte
- A narrow strip of wood split or peeled off of a larger piece.
- (medicine) A device to immobilize a body part.
- 1900 But it so happened that I had a man in the hospital at the time, and going there to see about him the day before the opening of the Inquiry, I saw in the white men's ward that little chap tossing on his back, with his arm in splints, and quite light-headed. Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, Chapter 5.
- A dental device applied consequent to undergoing orthodontia.
- A segment of armor.
- 1819 The fore-part of his thighs, where the folds of his mantle permitted them to be seen, were also covered with linked mail; the knees and feet were defended by splints , or thin plates of steel, ingeniously jointed upon each other; and mail hose, reaching from the ankle to the knee, effectually protected the legs, and completed the rider's defensive armour. "” Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 1.
- A bone found on either side of the horse's cannon bone; second or fourth metacarpal (forelimb) or metatarsal (hindlimb) bone.
- A disease affecting the splint bones, as a callosity or hard excrescence.
- splent coal
- For a horse to pop a splint is for it to receive an injury to the splint bone or surrounding area.
(third-person singular simple present splints, present participle splinting, simple past and past participle splinted)
- To apply a splint to; to fasten with splints.
- To support one's abdomen with hands or a pillow before attempting to cough.
Middle English, from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch