splintering


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splin·ter

 (splĭn′tər)
n.
1. A sharp, slender piece, as of wood, bone, glass, or metal, split or broken off from a main body.
2. A splinter group.
v. splin·tered, splin·ter·ing, splin·ters
v.intr.
To split or break into sharp, slender pieces; form splinters.
v.tr.
To cause to splinter. See Synonyms at break.

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch.]

splin′ter·y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.splintering - the act of chipping somethingsplintering - the act of chipping something  
breaking, breakage, break - the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"
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The fifth knight alone maintained the honour of his party, and parted fairly with the Knight of St John, both splintering their lances without advantage on either side.
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