Definition of "splint" [splint]

  • A thin piece split off from a larger piece; a splinter. (noun)
  • A rigid device used to prevent motion of a joint or of the ends of a fractured bone. (noun)
  • A dental appliance put on the teeth to protect them from grinding or from moving out of place. (noun)
  • A thin, flexible wooden strip, such as one used in the making of baskets or chair bottoms. (noun)
  • A plate or strip of metal. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "splint" in a sentence
  • "This splint is also commonly recommended for older children who have limited movement in their hands but are working on strengthening shoulder and elbow muscles."
  • "A weightbearing splint is recommended to allow your child to obtain weightbearing positions (i.e. crawling, side sitting)."
  • "A resting hand splint is recommended to keep your child's hand in an open position."