Splinter is defined as to break into smaller parts, or split into thin sharp pieces.(verb)
An example of splinter is for wood to split off in thin pieces from a board.
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.(noun)
Splinter means a group that splits off from a main group.(adjective)
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.
See splinter in Webster's New World College Dictionary
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: ME < MDu, akin to splinte, splint
See splinter in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Middle Dutch.
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