Meaning of splint

splint

Pronunciation: (splint), [key]
— n.
  1. a thin piece of wood or other rigid material used to immobilize a fractured or dislocated bone, or to maintain any part of the body in a fixed position.
  2. one of a number of thin strips of wood woven together to make a chair seat, basket, etc.
  3. an exostosis or bony enlargement of a splint bone of a horse or a related animal.
    1. any of a number of narrow plates or lames joined with rivets or a backing to form a piece of armor.
    2. a partial vambrace protecting only the outer part of the arm.
  4. a splinter of wood or stone.
—v.t.
  1. to secure, hold in position, or support by means of a splint or splints, as a fractured bone.
  2. to support as if with splints.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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