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 slit (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 This beauty boasts a stitched, double-T logo on the front and an interior with two slit pockets, a magnetic snap and a leash-clip closure. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2021 A day earlier Rihanna demoed the leg-baring trend while wearing a Fenty sweaterdress equipped with a high slit. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 20 Feb. 2021 The dress included a waist-length slit up one side and several oblong cut-outs across the front. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 25 May 2021 In honor of the everlasting staying power of the black slit dress—and Jolie’s iconic Academy Awards red carpet moment—we’ve gathered the best one to wear everywhere, no Oscar needed. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 23 Apr. 2021 Lloyd rambles and rambles, talking about Larry singing heavy metal with his slit throat, and finally Glen interrupts him. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 4 Feb. 2021 The draped, asymmetrical number, sprinkled with beaded embellishments, also featured a feather trim around the shoulder and thigh-high slit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Mar. 2021 What happens when the card is slit, curved or folded? Exploratorium, Scientific American, 21 Aug. 2014 But while people searched open fields, Kevin was underground, strung up in the basement of a stone cottage in a rural area about 20 miles out of town, with his throat slit. Joseph Jaafari, Rolling Stone, 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Females slit twigs to insert batches of eggs after mating. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2021 Federal charges have been filed against a Riverside man who investigators say slit his dog’s throat and then gloated about it on social media. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 When everyone goes to the opera, a woman named Maladie (Amy Manson) interrupts the show to slit the throat of the actor playing the devil and lecture everyone about God and an evil doctor. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 11 Apr. 2021 The survivor and her friend were attacked and had their throats slit in a bedroom in December 1999, the U.S. attorney's office said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 9 Apr. 2021 With a knife, slit open the hot eggplant and transfer to the colander. Jill Gibson, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Feb. 2021 Her murder was highly publicised due to its gruesome nature; her body had been severed in two with her mouth having been slit from ear to ear. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 12 Feb. 2021 Mademba had begged Alfa to put him out of his misery and slit his throat. Star Tribune, 8 Jan. 2021 After yet another blackout binge, Cassie wakes up next to Alex to find that his throat has been slit wide open. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2020

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Slit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slit. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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