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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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1 -- 2 -- color) Splintered plywood, soiled diapers, old tires, signs, shoes, drywall fragments, a water heater, a mattress and other debris, above, lie scattered among the creosote bushes at 120th Street East and Avenue R.
As a temporary measure, pieces of hardboard have been placed over the splintered surface.
As they grow and stretch their limited resources in order to cope with the unbearable, it is not uncommon for part of the child's personality to form a splintered self.