"splinter" in the noun sense
1. splinter, sliver
a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal
"he got a splinter in his finger"
"it broke into slivers"
"splinter" in the verb sense
1. secede, splinter, break away
withdraw from an organization or communion
"After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away"
2. sliver, splinter
divide into slivers or splinters
3. splinter, sliver
break up into splinters or slivers
"The wood splintered"
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