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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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These days Huntington Beach has acquired airs - pastel palazzi done in a red-tile style Corky Carroll dubs "nuevo viejo." The Huntington Beach Pier's splintery wood pilings have been replaced by concrete.
Even though this is in fact a splintery wooden dock which shifts with the movement of the water below it, Alice can still feel herself sinking.
It's an urban village, a squatter's camp, a smoke-filled bowl of shanties built of rusty corrugated metal, grey splintery planks, cinderblock, cement.
When she pulls the splintery loose planks out of the cellar and imagines herself as a rescuer of children trapped in the house, it's a symbolic struggle to rescue herself.
Playwright Ben Jonson -- a tankard-hoisting buddy of Shakespeare's -- called such experiences "timber": the splintery beginning of literary constructions.
These old reliables have been upgraded from the round, hard, splintery picks that are a standby in some restaurants, to flatter, round-tipped versions that soften in contact with saliva, massage gums, and remove trapped debris.
His splintery essays and cuspidate book reviews come directly out of the poet-critic tradition.
Once the veneer factory closed and the moisture and termites turned the last few logs left in the lumberyard to splintery mush, everything started to deteriorate.
She recalls that pleasant time, and there on the splintery bench a new thought cooks in her brain.
They are commonly massive-bedded, blocky and splintery, though in places are interlaminated with thin, red, maroon, dark grey and dark green siltstone layers to form shales.
And, at the risk of acquiring a splintery backside, it would be no surprise to see a repeat on Saturday afternoon.
A large percentage of the spherical groups are quite splintery, readily breaking apart into sharp needles.