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

Bonus: These jeans are available with or without knee slits. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best High-Waisted Jeans for Curvy Girls," 30 Jan. 2019 For the SAG Awards, Lady Gaga debuted a striking white sleeveless gown with thigh-high slit and plunging neckline fresh off of Dior's Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2019 runway in Paris. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Her Fiancé Were the Actual Definition of #CoupleGoals at the 2019 SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 Hitting the target: A long crocheted white dress with slits for arms like a yesteryear mantle, over a sheer white skirt. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Milan Fashion: Arbesser embraces sustainability," 19 Sep. 2018 Shayk, who is celebrating her 33rd birthday today, went full bombshell mode in a body-hugging gold sleeveless dress with a thigh-high leg slit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Make a Rare Red Carpet Appearance for the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Gemma Chan The stylish breakout star of Crazy Rich Asians, Gemma Chan, stunned in an eye-catching Valentino haute couture gown complete with a thigh-high slit and dramatic train. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Point: This is the knife at its most fragile, used for nonimpact jobs like piercing, such as cutting slits in a roast to insert garlic cloves. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Use a Chef's Knife," 7 Nov. 2018 While the original Cary dress worn by the model features much more extreme thigh-high slits, Meghan’s own piece has clearly been adjusted to knee heigh—probably to adhere to royal protocol and expectations, and to avoid any annoying eyebrow-raises. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle Altered Her Veronica Beard Shirt Dress so it Would Adhere to Royal Protocol," 26 Oct. 2018 Meghan donned a bright blue belted Veronica Beard dress, which features a collar, button-up detailing, and thigh-high slits, for the visit. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Laughed So Hard She Cried During a Choir Performance in Tonga," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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 \

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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