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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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splintering lightning and sturdy thunders of admonition till he
A great paw swept away the heavy war spear, splintering it as the hand of man might splinter a dry twig.
Buck rushed at the splintering wood, sinking his teeth into it, surging and wrestling with it.