slit

noun
\ˈslit \

Definition of slit 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a long narrow cut or opening

slit

verb
slit; slitting

Definition of slit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make a slit in

b : to cut off or away : sever

c : to form into a slit

2 : to cut into long narrow strips

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Other Words from slit

Noun

slit adjective
slitless \ˈslit-ləs \ adjective

Verb

slitter noun

Synonyms for slit

Synonyms: Noun

gash, incision, laceration, rent, rip, slash, tear

Synonyms: Verb

cut, gash, incise, rip, shear, slash, slice

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Examples of slit in a Sentence

Noun

You could see through the slit in the fence. The skirt has a slit on one side. a dress with a slit skirt

Verb

I slit the bag open at the top. The bag of seeds had been slit open.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dress was covered in beading and featured a thigh-high slit. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Upton Celebrates 26th Birthday in Her Birthday Suit, of Course – See Her Topless Snap," 12 June 2018 Since 2016, Saint Laurent has been under the direction of Anthony Vaccarello, a quiet designer with a taste for a high slit. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "If He Can Make It Here, He’ll Make It Anywhere," 7 June 2018 The singer stepped out onto the red carpet alongside her husband Brandon Blackstock and step-daughter Savannah wearing a glamorous black Siriano gown with a diagonal neckline and thigh-high slit. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "People Still Aren't Over How Good Kelly Clarkson Looked Last Night at the Billboard Music Awards," 21 May 2018 The thigh-grazing slits we're used to seeing look like child's play compared to this Atelier Versace gown Shayk was sporting. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Heats Up Cannes in Hip-Baring Versace," 10 May 2018 Naturally, the model dressed for the occasion in a liquid gold dress by Versace, with an Angelina Jolie–inspired slit. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Bella Hadid’s Rome Adventures Include Bulgari Baubles, Supermodels, and Espresso (of Course!)," 29 June 2018 The dress, which featured a draped back and thigh-high slit, was reminiscent of the gold Versace dresses worn by runway icons (including Naomi Cambpell, Claudio Schiffer, and Cindy Crawford) last year during Milan fashion week. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Shines in a Sexy Gold Versace Dress," 28 June 2018 The top included fringe that only covered the top of her breasts, and the matching sheer skirt featured double slits. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "2018 Bet Awards Style Highlights: Blac Chyna's Silver Hair, Janelle Monáe's Pride Gown and More!," 25 June 2018 The 25-year-old showed off her baby bump in a blush pink sleeveless bodycon dress with a thigh-high leg slit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B's Baby Shower Was as Extra as You Expected," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Step 2: Use a sharp utility knife to slit each pool noodle down its center. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Build This Floating Ping Pong Table," 28 June 2018 One report by Amnesty International in 2015 detailed gruesome ceremonial killings that involved forcing detainees to dig their own graves and slitting their throats without trial. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "What is Boko Haram, the militant group terrorizing Nigeria?," 19 June 2018 The trial started today for a man accused of fatally stabbing his longtime girlfriend and slitting her throat in her Roebuck Springs home in 2016. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Man on trial for stabbing, slitting throat of ex-girlfriend in east Birmingham home," 1 May 2018 Witnesses said that many who were unable to flee — including sick, older and disabled people, and children — were burned alive in their homes or had their throats slit, according to the investigators. Nick Cumming-bruce, New York Times, "South Sudan Forces Killed and Raped Hundreds in Brutal Campaign, U.N. Says," 10 July 2018 A week ago, a 7-year-old girl was abducted outside her school, raped, then left with her throat slit open in central India. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "After the rape of a 7-year-old in India, thousands call for her attackers to be hanged," 2 July 2018 Emerita Mapp slit the throats of Andrew Bickford and Zackery Ganoe at the Days Inn on April 11, 2017. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Murder case that saw Aramis Ayala, Rick Scott clash central to insurance suit," 6 July 2018 The goat, a Nigerian Dwarf named Marshmallow, was later found with her throat slit on a trail about 100 yards away from her pen. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Man arrested for killing baby goat in Ashburnham," 25 June 2018 The three attackers slit people’s throats, said an emergency responder, Reaction Unit South Africa. Washington Post, "1 killed, 2 badly wounded in South Africa mosque attack," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of slit

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slit

Noun

Middle English, from slitten

Verb

Middle English slitten; akin to Middle High German slitzen to slit, Old High German slīzan to tear apart, Old English sciell shell — more at shell

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More Definitions for slit

slit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, narrow cut or opening in something

slit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a long, narrow cut or opening in (something) with a sharp object

slit

noun
\ˈslit \

Kids Definition of slit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long narrow cut or opening

slit

verb
slit; slitting

Kids Definition of slit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a long narrow cut in : slash

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