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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.
References in classic literature ?
He saw the trunk of the tree, half-way up, splinter and part without noise.
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.
The cook, with her thigh broken by a shell splinter, had been carried into the kitchen.
Had that wit been all of the arrogant, upstanding Van Horn, and had it gone out as the flickering flame of a splinter of wood goes out when it is quite burnt to a powder-fluff of ash?
Was that all it was, the flame of the splinter that could be quenched by any chance gust of air?
This splinter of wood, which I have every reason to believe to be poisoned, was in the man's scalp where you still see the mark; this card, inscribed as you see it, was on the table; and beside it lay this rather curious stone-headed instrument.
Thaddeus brought this up, and if this splinter be poisonous Thaddeus may as well have made murderous use of it as any other man.
People get splinters every day and have no sterile, scientific way to remove them.
Baqir said some splinters were also found from four bodies, however, it was not clear whether these splinters were of bomb, hand grenade or any other weapon.
When field dressing game animals, use care to avoid splinters of carbon fiber.
I went online to see if there might be more splinters amid the flotsam and jetsam of the media's coverage.