Splint armor
Splint Splint, n. [Akin to D. splinter,G. splinter, splitter, Dan. splint, Sw. splint a kind of spike, a forelock (in nautical use), Sw. splintato splint, splinter, Dan. splinte, and E. split. See {Split}, v. t., and cf. {Splent}.] 1. A piece split off; a splinter. [1913 Webster]

2. (Surg.) A thin piece of wood, or other substance, used to keep in place, or protect, an injured part, especially a broken bone when set. [1913 Webster]

3. (Anat.) A splint bone. [1913 Webster]

4. (Far.) A disease affecting the splint bones, as a callosity or hard excrescence. [1913 Webster]

5. (Anc. Armor.) One of the small plates of metal used in making splint armor. See {Splint armor}, below. [1913 Webster]

The knees and feet were defended by splints, or thin plates of steel. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

6. Splint, or splent, coal. See {Splent coal}, under {Splent}. [1913 Webster]

{Splint armor},a kind of ancient armor formed of thin plates of metal, usually overlapping each other and allowing the limbs to move freely.

{Splint bone} (Anat.), one of the rudimentary, splintlike metacarpal or metatarsal bones on either side of the cannon bone in the limbs of the horse and allied animals.

{Splint coal}. See {Splent coal}, under {Splent}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • splint armor — noun : armor of usually overlapping thin metal plates allowing the limbs to move freely * * * splint armor, armor made of overlapping plates or strips of metal …   Useful english dictionary

  • Splint armor — Light armor that covered only the outer part of the arms …   Medieval glossary

  • Splint — Splint, n. [Akin to D. splinter,G. splinter, splitter, Dan. splint, Sw. splint a kind of spike, a forelock (in nautical use), Sw. splintato splint, splinter, Dan. splinte, and E. split. See {Split}, v. t., and cf. {Splent}.] 1. A piece split off; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Splint bone — Splint Splint, n. [Akin to D. splinter,G. splinter, splitter, Dan. splint, Sw. splint a kind of spike, a forelock (in nautical use), Sw. splintato splint, splinter, Dan. splinte, and E. split. See {Split}, v. t., and cf. {Splent}.] 1. A piece… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Splint coal — Splint Splint, n. [Akin to D. splinter,G. splinter, splitter, Dan. splint, Sw. splint a kind of spike, a forelock (in nautical use), Sw. splintato splint, splinter, Dan. splinte, and E. split. See {Split}, v. t., and cf. {Splent}.] 1. A piece… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Splint — may refer to:*Splint (programming tool), a device for checking computer programs *Splint (medicine), a medical device for the immobilization of limbs or spine *Splints, an ailment of horses *Splint (orthodontic), a retainer built into teeth to… …   Wikipedia

  • splint — c.1300, plate of armor, probably from M.L.G. splinte, splente thin piece of iron, related to M.Du. splinte splint, probably ult. from PIE * (s)plei to split, splice (see FLINT (Cf. flint)). Cognate with Dan. splint splinter, Swed. splint wooden… …   Etymology dictionary

  • splint — [splint] n. [ME splente < MDu or MLowG splinte: for IE base see SPLIT] 1. a thin strip of wood or cane woven together with others to make baskets, chair seats, etc. 2. a thin strip of metal used in overlapping construction with others to make… …   English World dictionary

  • splint — splintlike, adj. /splint/, 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… …   Universalium

  • splint — [[t]splɪnt[/t]] n. 1) med 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) fur one of a number of thin strips of wood woven together to make …   From formal English to slang

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