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splinter

/splin·ter/ (splin´ter)
1. a small slender fragment.
2. to break into small fragments.

splinter

Etymology: D, splinte
a sharp, pointed piece of bone or other substance.

splinter

(splĭn′tĕr) [MD. splinte, a wedge]
1. A fragment from a fractured bone.
2. A slender, sharp piece of material piercing or embedded in the skin or subcutaneous tissue.
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The patches of grass were splinters of wood, and where neither grass nor sawdust showed was a solid wooden flooring.
Those wooden things are impossible to hurt," he said, "and all the damage Jim has done to them is to knock a few splinters from their noses and ears.
Rosa pushed the table, Cornelius placed the broken arm on it so as to make it flat, and with perfect skill set the bone, adjusted the splinters, and fastened the bandages.
One fragment, fully five pounds in weight, crashed on the log alongside of me, and such was its impact that it drove a score of splinters, like fiery needles, into my leg.
It was a mere mass of splinters now, crushed out of shape against the rocks.
More than one, in digging underneath the wheel, was dangerously injured by the splinters of stone.
Kelly ripped up a bottom board and began paddling, but dropped it with a cry of pain as its splinters drove into his hands.
It may have been that he was too bright a genius to live long, or it may have been that he took some pernicious substance into his bill, and thence into his maw--which is not improbable, seeing that he new-pointed the greater part of the garden-wall by digging out the mortar, broke countless squares of glass by scraping away the putty all round the frames, and tore up and swallowed, in splinters, the greater part of a wooden staircase of six steps and a landing--but after some three years he too was taken ill, and died before the kitchen fire.
He was just about to go down when the sight of the main-deck stirring, heaving up, and changing into splinters before his eyes, petrified him on the top step.
Already lazy wisps were beginning to curl upwards amongst the mass of splinters.
Red tongues could be seen licking the wilderness of splinters under our feet as we made our way back to the poop.
State officials said a map that shows what could be an additional splinter of a known earthquake fault will be reviewed as part of its ongoing investigation into the site of the proposed $61 million campus.