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splinter

noun [C] uk   /ˈsplɪn.tər/ us    /-tɚ/
a small, sharp, broken piece of wood, glass, plastic, or similar material: The girl had a splinter (of wood) in her toe.

splinter

verb [I] uk   /ˈsplɪn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
to break into small, sharp pieces: The edges of the plastic cover had cracked and splintered.figurative The danger is that the Conservative Party may splinter into several smaller political parties.
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