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

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

Lively wore a $670 gown from Retrofête to the New York City film premiere, complete with canary-yellow beading and a thigh-high slit. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively Just Revealed She's Pregnant With Baby #3 on the Red Carpet," 3 May 2019 The singer donned a black sequined dress with a thigh-high slit and high neck and, as always, looked incredible. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Wore a Dress With a Thigh-High Slit on the 2019 Billboard Awards Red Carpet," 2 May 2019 The character in the videogame picks it up by the neck and cuts a slit on its belly in one fell swoop. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Put Down the Kombucha and Pick Up a Crossbow: Hipsters Are the New Hunters," 9 Jan. 2019 The If Beale Street Could Talk actress arrived to the Oscars Sunday night donning a classic white Oscar de la Renta number, which featured a serious slit on the left side. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Regina King's 2019 Oscars Dress Has THE Sexiest Slit We've Ever Seen," 25 Feb. 2019 Not one to shy away from a naked look, Kim effortlessly wore the dress, which also featured a thigh-high slit. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Narrowly Avoids a Wardrobe Malfunction in Vintage Thierry Mugler Cut-Out Gown," 18 Feb. 2019 The gown also featured a high slit, and Kim further lengthened the leg via her favorite footwear, clear plastic sandals. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian Look More Alike Than Ever," 7 Feb. 2019 The biggest trends for the season were as eye-catching as ever, and lend themselves to several events: a bridal blazer for the rehearsal dinner, a dramatic slit or sleeve for the ceremony, a short feathered dress for the reception. Glamour, "The 9 Best Wedding Dress Trends From Spring 2020 Bridal Fashion Week," 16 Apr. 2019 This fiery red dress with a thigh-high slit (not to mention that off-the-shoulder detailing!) just screams glamour and is basically guaranteed to turn heads. Alanna Greco, Seventeen, "Exactly What to Wear to Prom, According to Your Sign," 11 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Authorities across the country are on alert after a man allegedly slit his wife's Thursday in Springfield, Ohio, and then disappeared. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Ohio man who slit wife's throat is 'armed and dangerous,' police warn," 21 Sep. 2018 His throat was slit almost to the point of decapitation. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Jodi Arias: A Look Back at Her Gruesome Crime and Bizarre Trial," 12 Jan. 2018 In 1950, at age 42, Seymour took her own life by slitting her throat while at a mental institution. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jane Fonda says her mother's suicide 'impacted her sense of self'," 19 Sep. 2018 The jumpsuit of choice was a strapless silhouette with legs to long that they were slit at the ankle and covered the top half of each foot. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore a Sequin Jumpsuit After the Savage X Fenty NYFW Show," 13 Sep. 2018 In the Instagram photo, Chrissy is sprawled out on the sofa in a black bolero hat and a black dress with an up-to-there slit. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Plays the Video Game Shantae Backstage at John Legend's Holiday Show," 19 Dec. 2018 Use a serrated knife or razor blade to make a crosswise slit into the top of each roll about one-half-inch deep. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018 This Sabrina loves horror movies, must choose between a mortal education at Baxter High or a magical immersion at the Academy of Unseen Arts, and slits a frenemy's throat. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Broke Kiernan Shipka's Heart — and She's OK With That," 12 Nov. 2018 From its strapless neckline, to the high leg slit adorned with copious amounts of frills, the bright dress was instantly unforgettable and felt like a '90s throwback. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Just Celebrated Fenty Beauty’s First Birthday in a Show-Stopping Fuchsia Gown," 15 Sep. 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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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 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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