slit

noun
\ ˈslit How to pronounce slit (audio) \

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
a slit skirt [=a skirt with a vertical slit at the hem]
slitless \ ˈslit-​ləs How to pronounce slitless (audio) \ adjective

Verb

slitter noun

Synonyms for slit

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Cut slits in the top crust, flute the edges and cut off excess crust. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "These pies are Minnesota award winners. Here’s how to make them.," 30 Oct. 2019 Stitch legs closed and cut two vertical slits in each leg. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Octopus," 25 Sep. 2019 Cut 3 or 4 shallow, diagonal slits in the top of each breast half (for even cooking). Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "A different take on orange chicken with fresh-squeezed citrus and pecans for crunch," 24 Sep. 2019 Turner upped her pajama game in a pale pink silky dress featuring a slit and buckled waist, worn with silver strappy sandals and a diamond necklace. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' Actresses Slay on the Red Carpet," 23 Sep. 2019 The mistresses were at times elegant, dressed in plunging gold lame tops with a corresponding deep-V slit in the accompanying leather skirt and at times kinky - puritan collars on a dark robe with sheer sleeves and chain detailing. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gucci takes a kinky turn; Dolce&Gabbana give a jungle roar," 22 Sep. 2019 Starting at one end, cut 1-inch slits into the board, working your way down the side. NBC News, "3 ways to store Christmas lights so that they don't tangle," 30 Dec. 2018 Kourtney's gown featured a deep V-cut that her serving major cleavage and a thigh-high leg slit. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "The Kardashian/Jenner Sisters All Reunited With Their Ex-Boyfriends at Their Annual Christmas Party," 26 Dec. 2019 For thousands of years, indigenous peoples throughout that region have had a technology solution: Snow goggles, fashioned from a strip of bone, wood or other material, with a slit cut into it, greatly reduced glare and protected eyes from injury. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "These Snow Goggles Demonstrate Thousands of Years of Indigenous Ingenuity," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though his throat was slit, law enforcement quickly rules Harlan Thrombey’s death a suicide. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Unlikely Hero of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out," 29 Nov. 2019 The animals are meant to symbolically absorb the sins of the practitioners, and following the ceremony, the chickens’ throats are slit. Los Angeles Times, "Jewish center sued over controversial chicken-killing ritual," 26 July 2019 It was slit to her upper thigh, and—most memorably—held together by large gold safety pins. Harper's BAZAAR, "Elizabeth Hurley on the Versace Pin Dress That Changed Everything," 25 Mar. 2019 Those young orcas’ bodies were slit open, filled with rocks, and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Orcas don’t do well in captivity. Here’s why.," 25 Mar. 2019 Sight has become a heretical concept; even a TV critic could get his throat slit just for joking about it. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "In Apple TV+’s initial smattering of shows, only ‘Dickinson’ is a delicious surprise," 31 Oct. 2019 Featuring a sculptural bodice with a capelet neckline and a perfect midriff slit above the skirt, the dress gives the illusion of a crop top. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Naomi Scott Won the Red Carpet in a Bubblegum Pink Brandon Maxwell Gown," 22 May 2019 For example, the woman who received the message calling her the n-word and telling her to slit her wrists reported the message to Facebook. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "She was called the n-word and given instructions to slit her wrists. What did Facebook do?," 1 Nov. 2019 The victims were later discovered in Mess’s apartment with their throats slit and their bodies sprinkled with marijuana. BostonGlobe.com, "an earlier triple murder in Waltham," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of slit was in the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slit. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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More Definitions for slit

slit

noun
How to pronounce slit (audio)

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 How to pronounce slit (audio) \

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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