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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
To split or break into sharp, slender pieces; form splinters.
To cause to splinter. See Synonyms at break.

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch.]

splin′ter·y adj.


liable to produce or break into splinters
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.splintery - subject to breaking into sharp slender pieces
breakable - capable of being broken or damaged; "earthenware pottery is breakable"; "breakable articles should be packed carefully"
2.splintery - resembling or consisting of or embedded with long slender fragments of (especially) wood having sharp points; "a rough splintery floor of old pine boards"


References in classic literature ?
When the lift came, his face ground forward, and the splintery wood tore and crushed the skin from nose, lips, and chin; and, face downward, he slipped on and down to the bottom of the boat till his limp middle collapsed across the gunwale and his legs hung down outside.
It was a large room, with a rough splintery floor, unplastered rafters overhead, and two bedsteads on opposite sides.
We're going back to the source, with rugged, splintery, slippery materials.
Galloway and Zephro (2005) noted differences across a bone fracture surface which they attribute to force, indicating that the transverse components of butterfly fractures failing under tension are "billowy" while bone failing under compression appears "splintery." Isa et al.
In unweathered condition splintery, brown-greyish chert; many blocks with one curved, whitish, leached side, possibly fragments of concretions.
At one point, when Demetrio and his half-brother Hilario have been beaten by his mother's boyfriend, Hilario hides Demetrio in a dark, "splintery," abandoned doghouse standing against a "broken chain-link fence" (232).
But if "Krisha" was a harrowing psychodrama rendered in a splintery John Cassavetes syntax,
She dug her fingers deep into the arms and felt the splintery skeleton beneath.
Splintery cavings may indicate underbalanced drilling, and large amounts of splintery and angular cavings indicate a wellbore collapse.