splints; splinted; splinting

A splint is something that's used to keep a person's arm or leg straight and immobile while a broken bone is healing. If you break your wrist, you may need to wear a splint for a while.

Some splints are temporary, meant to keep an injured person's bones from moving until they can be examined by a doctor. EMTs and other emergency workers often use splints while transporting someone to a hospital. You can also use this word as a verb: "Let's splint your dog's leg and get her to the vet." A strip of wood can also be called a splint.

Definitions of splint
  1. noun
    a thin sliver of wood
    “he lit the fire with a burning splint
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    type of:
    paring, shaving, sliver
    a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something
  2. noun
    an orthopedic mechanical device used to immobilize and protect a part of the body (as a broken leg)
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    type of:
    mechanical device
    mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
  3. verb
    support with a splint
    splint a broken finger”
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    type of:
    care for, treat
    provide treatment for
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