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      n   chip, flake, fragment, needle, paring, shaving, sliver  
      vb   break into smithereens, disintegrate, fracture, shatter, shiver, split  
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  ( splinters    plural & 3rd person present)   ( splintering    present participle)   ( splintered    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A splinter is a very thin, sharp piece of wood, glass, or other hard substance, which has broken off from a larger piece.  
...splinters of glass., ...a splinter in the finger.     
2       verb   If something splinters or is splintered, it breaks into thin, sharp pieces.  
The ruler cracked and splintered into pieces...      V prep/adv  
The stone rocketed into the glass, splintering it.      V n  

splinter group        ( splinter groups    plural  ) A splinter group is a group of people who break away from a larger group and form a separate organization, usually because they no longer agree with the views of the larger group.      n-count  

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split, spine, spite, splice

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