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English definition of “splinter”

splinter

verb [I]     /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.Tearing and breaking into pieces
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