- Splinter means a group that splits off from a main group.
An example of a splinter group would be a group of people who break off from a church denomination because of the denomination's position on gay marriage.
- The definition of a splinter is a sharp thin piece that's been split or broken off of something, or a group that has broken off from another group.
- An example of a splinter is a tiny piece of wood that gets caught under your skin after walking barefoot on an old wooden deck.
- An example of a splinter is group of radicals who break off from a group of largely conservatives.
- Splinter is defined as to break into smaller parts, or split into thin sharp pieces.
An example of splinter is for wood to split off in thin pieces from a board.
- to break or split into thin, sharp pieces
- to break into small parts or into groups with divergent views; fragment
Origin of splinterMiddle English from MDu, akin to splinte, splint
- a thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, etc., made by splitting or breaking; sliver
- a splinter group
- A sharp, slender piece, as of wood, bone, glass, or metal, split or broken off from a main body.
- A splinter group.
verbsplin·tered, splin·ter·ing, splin·ters
Origin of splinterMiddle English from Middle Dutch
(third-person singular simple present splinters, present participle splintering, simple past and past participle splintered)
- (intransitive) To come apart into long sharp fragments.
- The tall tree splintered during the storm.
- To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.
- His third kick splintered the door.
- (figuratively, of a group) To break, or cause to break, into factions.
- The government splintered when the coalition members could not agree.
- The unpopular new policies splintered the company.
- To fasten or confine with splinters, or splints, as a broken limb.
splint + -er