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Noun: splinter  splin-tu(r)
  1. A small thin sharp bit of wood, glass or metal
    "he got a splinter in his finger";
    - sliver
Verb: splinter  splin-tu(r)
  1. Withdraw from an organization or communion
    "After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics splintered";
    - secede, break away
     
  2. Divide into slivers or splinters
    - sliver
     
  3. Break up into splinters or slivers
    "The wood splintered";
    - sliver

Derived forms: splinters, splintered, splintering

Type of: bit, break, break up, carve up, chip, dissever, divide, flake, fleck, fragment, fragmentise [Brit], fragmentize, part, scrap, separate, split, split up

Encyclopedia: Splinter