One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘small splinters of wood’
sliver, shiver, chip, shard, needle
fragment, piece, bit, shred, spell, spillikin
technical gallet, spall
1‘the windscreen splintered’
shatter, break into tiny pieces, break into fragments, smash, smash into smithereens, fracture, split, crack, disintegrate, crumble
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