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splinter (n.)

early 14c., from Middle Dutch splinter, splenter "a splinter," related to splinte (see splint). The adjective (in splinter party, etc.) is first recorded 1935, from the noun.

splinter (v.)

1580s (transitive), from splinter (n.). Figurative sense from c. 1600. Intransitive use from 1620s. Middle English had splinder (v.) "to shatter" (of a spear, etc.), mid-15c. Related: Splintered; splintering.

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Definitions of splinter from WordNet
1
splinter (v.)
withdraw from an organization or communion;
Synonyms: secede / break away
splinter (v.)
divide into slivers or splinters;
Synonyms: sliver
splinter (v.)
break up into splinters or slivers;
The wood splintered
Synonyms: sliver
2
splinter (n.)
a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal;
he got a splinter in his finger
Synonyms: sliver
From wordnet.princeton.edu