slit

1 of 2

noun

: a long narrow cut or opening
slit adjective
a slit skirt [=a skirt with a vertical slit at the hem]
slitless adjective

slit

2 of 2

verb

slit; slitting

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
slitter noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The star wore another black strapless gown, but this one featured a matching oversize bow at the waist and a thigh-high slit. Sabienna Bowman, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 In paparazzi shots, Lopez can be seen exiting Rockefeller center in a plunging hot pink dress with an equally dramatic thigh slit, her hair worn down and straight with a distinct middle part. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 18 Feb. 2024 Using a sharp knife, cut a slit in the top of each calzone to allow steam to escape during baking. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 8 Feb. 2024 Swift wore a custom white gown with a high thigh slit by Schiaparelli. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 Between the expert draping and thigh-high slit, this Rabanne dress is a true statement-maker. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2024 The cave’s opening was such a small slit that Flamini had to struggle to fit inside. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2024 The form-fitting georgette taupe dress includes a deep slit. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Adjustable spaghetti straps help to get the fit just right, and side slits keep it movement-friendly and even more reminiscent of a glam Palm Springs weekend. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024
Verb
And surprisingly enough… Moiraine appears behind Selene and slits her throat, soaking Rand in her blood. Alex Raiman, EW.com, 8 Sep. 2023 Use a sharp knife to cut three deep (to the bone), diagonal slits on both sides of the fish. Domenica Marchetti, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 These luxe pants feature breathable side slits on each leg as well as a universally flattering criss-cross waistband that boasts a cinching effect while remaining endlessly comfortable for full-day wear. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 9 Jan. 2024 Cut slits in top for steam to escape; bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 5 Dec. 2023 Her outfit consisted of a beige off-the-shoulder gown by the New York Fashion Week designer Proenza Schouler, which boasts a floor-length skirt and slits up the front and sides, as well as a pair of her signature Aquazzura pumps and a black leather clutch bag. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2023 His name is Sam Polk (Lee Nivola), and he’s been incarcerated for brutally slitting his police-officer father’s throat. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 2 Dec. 2023 Cut slits in pastry: Cut 5 or 6 (3-inch) diagonal slits on top of each pastry, and gently separate slits to slightly reveal filling. Jasmine Smith, Southern Living, 15 Nov. 2023 The wrap front complements a variety of chest sizes and the side slits add an extra flare. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Slit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slit. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

slit

1 of 2 verb
slit; slitting
1
a
: to make a slit in : slash
b
: to cut off or away : sever
2
: to cut into long narrow strips
slitter noun

slit

2 of 2 noun
: a long narrow cut or opening
slit adjective
slitless
-ləs
adjective

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