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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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It lay scattered, in splintered shards, upon the grass.
The face was black, the tongue protruded, the skin was bruised from the heavy fists of his assailant and the thick skull crushed and splintered from terrific impact with the tree.
As they came together the impact was so great that both horses were nearly overturned and the two powerful war lances were splintered into a hundred fragments as each struck the exact center of his opponent's shield.
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For children in kinship homes, teachers also reported less problematic internalising and externalising behaviour for the splintered and together groups than for the split group.
THE team behind upcoming horror movie Splintered have revealed their delight that it will feature in Coronation Street.
Reporter Linda Greenhouse began: "The Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter identification law on Monday, concluding in a splintered decision .
One fiction of a splintered party might even lead to the creation of a third party: One can imagine McCain, if rejected by social conservatives for the Republican presidential nomination, allying with Lieberman on an independent candidacy.