As nouns the difference between splinter and sect
is that splinter
is a long, sharp fragment of material, often wood while sect
is an offshoot of a larger religion; a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.
As a verb splinter
is to come apart into long sharp fragments.
A long, sharp fragment of material, often wood.
A group that formed by splitting off from a larger membership.
* (long sharp fragment) shard, spelk.
* (group formed by splitting) faction, splinter group.
To come apart into long sharp fragments.
To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.
- The tall tree splintered during the storm.
- His third kick splintered the door.
(figuratively, of a group) To break, or cause to break, into factions.
- After splintering their lances, they wheeled about, and abandoned the field to the enemy.
- The government splintered when the coalition members could not agree.
To fasten or confine with splinters, or splints, as a broken limb.
- The unpopular new policies splintered the company.
- (Bishop Wren)
An offshoot of a larger religion; a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.
A group following a specific ideal or a leader.
(obsolete) A cutting; a scion.
- A religious sect .