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    Meaning of Splint

    An even more hazardous device, popular in America, was the Instantaneous Light Box - a bottle filled with sulphuric acid into which splints treated with chemicals were dipped.

    What is the exact meaning of split in this sentence?

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    Re: Meaning of Splint

    Aleays tell us the source and author of any text you quote,please.

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    Re: Meaning of Splint

    And just a little more context would help. Does the text say anything about this thing's purpose?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Meaning of Splint

    It's for starting a fire. The small piece of wood (like a wood match) would be coated with chemicals. You'd dip it into the box, which contained other chemicals, and voila! Fire.

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    Re: Meaning of Splint

    Even though you've now been given the answer, you still need to provide the source and author of the quote. You must do this in post 1 in future.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Meaning of Splint

    I am sorry. I could not edit my first post. This sentence is from a book called Cambridge Practice Tests for IELTS 1.

    In its very first reading passage called ''A Spark, a Flint, How Fire Leapt to Life'' includes the sentence. When I look for splint in dictionaries, the only result was that;

    ''a long, firmobject used as a support for a brokenbone so that the bonestays in a particularposition while it heals.''

    (Cambridge Online Dictionary)

    However here, it means something like a wood match.

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    Re: Meaning of Splint

    Quote Originally Posted by Erbab View Post
    An even more hazardous device, popular in America, was the Instantaneous Light Box - a bottle filled with sulphuric acid into which splints treated with chemicals were dipped.

    What is the exact meaning of "splint" in this sentence?
    Note my corrections above.

    When I Googled "definition of splint", this was the very first hit. As you can see, definition 2 is exactly the one you needed. I admit it's not a definition I was familiar with. I call those long thin bits of wood that help to light something "spills" or "tapers".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Meaning of Splint

    It's news to me too.

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