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English noun: splinter

1. splinter (object) a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal

SamplesHe got a splinter in his finger.
It broke into slivers.


Broader (hypernym)bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrap

English verb: splinter

1. splinter (social) withdraw from an organization or communion

SamplesAfter the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away.

ExamplesThe girls splinter the wooden sticks

Synonymsbreak away, secede

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)break, break up, part, separate, split, split up

2. splinter (social) divide into slivers or splinters

ExamplesThe wooden sticks splinter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)carve up, dissever, divide, separate, split, split up

3. splinter (change) break up into splinters or slivers

SamplesThe wood splintered.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize

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