sliver


1sliv·er

noun \ˈsli-vər, 2 is usually ˈslī-\

: a small, thin piece that has been cut, torn, or broken from something larger

Full Definition of SLIVER

1
a :  a long slender piece cut or torn off :  splinter
b :  a small and narrow portion <a sliver of land>
c :  particle, scrap <not a sliver of evidence>
2
:  an untwisted strand or rope of textile fiber produced by a carding or combing machine and ready for drawing, roving, or spinning

Examples of SLIVER

  1. <I got a sliver of wood stuck in my finger.>

Origin of SLIVER

Middle English slivere, from sliven to slice off, from Old English -slīfan; akin to Old English -slǣfan to cut
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SLIVER

2sliv·er

verb \ˈsli-vər\

: to cut or break (something) into small, thin pieces

sliv·eredsliv·er·ing \ˈsli-və-riŋ, ˈsliv-riŋ\

Full Definition of SLIVER

transitive verb
:  to cut into slivers :  splinter
intransitive verb
:  to become split into slivers

Examples of SLIVER

  1. <carefully slivered the rattan stems into strips for basketry>

First Known Use of SLIVER

1605

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