- splinter [splin′tər]vt., vi.[ME < MDu, akin to splinte,SPLINT]1. to break or split into thin, sharp pieces2. to break into small parts or into groups with divergent views; fragmentn.1. a thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, etc., made by splitting or breaking; sliver2. a splinter groupadj.designating a group that separates from a main party, church, etc. because of divergent viewsSYN.- BREAK
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.