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 Modern Family star donned a floor-length navy slip dress with a slit up the leg that allowed her to expertly show off a pair of strappy metallic stilettos. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden Wore 3 Couples Halloween Costumes," 29 Oct. 2018 However, that hasn't stopped the mom-to-be from stepping out on Fraser Island wearing the most gorgeous dress, with a thigh-high slit, no less. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Rocked a Thigh-High Slit for Her Royal Tour Reunion with Prince Harry," 22 Oct. 2018 The dress also featured a thigh-high slit which looked beyond incredible on pregnant Meghan—but which also isn’t exactly your average choice for a Duchess. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Thigh-High Slit Reformation Dress Doesn't Actually Defy Royal Protocol," 22 Oct. 2018 Start by using a paring knife to make a small slit in the bottom of each of your muffins. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffin Recipe You'll Want to Make This Fall," 13 Sep. 2018 The mom of one, who turned 27 on Thursday, spoke to PEOPLE exclusively about wearing the risky Micaela Oliveira gold gown with an ultra-high slit that was so high she was left exposed. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Farrah Abraham Opens Up About That Cannes Film Festival Dress Mishap: 'I Was Literally Shocked'," 1 June 2018 Feather This is another machine-friendly filler — just make sure there are no slits or tears in the pillow cover. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Pillows the Right Way," 17 Oct. 2018 The streamlined frock carried over some of the Obama style DNA—a fluid fit and wide, cinched belt—but modernized it with directional touches, such as a fringed panel and Grecian-inspired slit. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Michelle Obama Reminds Us That She’s Still a Style Icon," 11 Oct. 2018 The gorgeous gown in question has a deeply plunging V-neck and a high slit up the left leg. Andrea Park, Allure, "Padma Lakshmi Explains Why She Re-Wore Her J. Mendel Gown to the 2018 Emmys," 17 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Downton Abbey’ and Carson the butler, instead of serving the sherry, slits the throat of the family dog. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 27 Feb. 2018 He had been shot in the head, stabbed 27 times and his throat was slit. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "First look: Jodi Arias' defense attorneys file 342-page brief in conviction appeal," 6 July 2018 Local media are citing an emergency responder, Reaction Unit South Africa, as saying three attackers slit people's throats and fled the scene. Fox News, "Report: 3 critically hurt in South Africa mosque attack," 11 May 2018 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

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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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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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