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1 a thin sliver of wood; "he lit the fire with a burning splint"
2 an orthopedic mechanical device used to immobilize and protect a part of the body (as a broken leg) v : support with a splint; "splint a broken finger"

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  1. A narrow strip of wood split or peeled off of a larger piece.
  2. A device to immobilize a body part.
    1900 ''But it so happened that I had a man in the hospital at the time, and going there to see about him the day before the opening of the Inquiry, I saw in the white men's ward that little chap tossing on his back, with his arm in splints, and quite light-headed. Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim'', Chapter 5.
  3. A dental device applied consequent to undergoing orthodontia.
  4. A segment of armor.
    1819 The fore-part of his thighs, where the folds of his mantle permitted them to be seen, were also covered with linked mail; the knees and feet were defended by splints , or thin plates of steel, ingeniously jointed upon each other; and mail hose, reaching from the ankle to the knee, effectually protected the legs, and completed the rider's defensive armour. — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 1.
  5. A bone found on either side of the horse's cannon bone


  1. To apply a splint.
  2. To support one's abdomen with hands or a pillow before attempting to cough.

Derived terms

To pop a splint
  1. an injury to the splint bone or surrounding area in a horse

Extensive Definition

Splint may refer to:
splint in German: Schiene

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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