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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Edwards wore a navy gown with a thigh-high slit, while Oxlade-Chamberlain rocked an all-black ensemble. Charlotte Walsh, PEOPLE.com, 18 July 2022 The single-sleeve Michael Kors gown was made of shimmering silver material and had a few modern touches, like a side cut-out and a thigh high slit that almost connected with the strategic window. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 10 July 2022 The trendy jeans are more than $70 off and offer a relaxed vibe with heritage stretch denim and a small knee slit. Nicol Natale, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2022 Gomez’s floor-length, single-sleeve gown was further embellished with a strategic side cut-out and an extra-high slit. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 28 June 2022 Their only connection to the outdoors is a four-inch wide slit that gives them no sense of their own location or even the sun in the sky. Abigail Glasgow, Vogue, 10 June 2022 In the sultry pics, the star poses in front of a red background while wearing a curve-hugging floral-print dress by Paco Rabanne, featuring a thigh-high slit and ruffled detailing on the sides, and showing a hint of a black lacy bra. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 June 2022 The curved ceiling cuts the height of the side windows, and the hefty A- and B-pillars shrink their width, while the rear window as viewed through the rearview mirror is a bunker slit. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2022 Damage on its fin and a slit on the shark's stomach suggested that it was stranded on the beach and died soon after flailing about and swallowing sand, reports Joe Pinkstone for the Telegraph. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Baum then slit Otteson’s throat, Lewis said, and threw both teenagers into the 1,800-foot shaft, where their bodies were discovered months later, in March 2018. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2022 Zhuraev’s father told the Mediazona news outlet that his son slit his wrists in protest and tried to hang himself. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Baum then slit Otteson’s throat, Lewis said, and threw both teenagers into the 1,800-foot shaft, where their bodies were discovered months later, in March 2018. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2022 The bride wore a sleek, off-the-shoulder custom Versace dress with a leg-revealing slit up one side and a classic white veil with satin edging. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 10 June 2022 Nearly a month later, Blinston worked on the home of Sandra George, 82, before allegedly returning to slit her throat as well. Landon Mion, Fox News, 21 May 2022 Father Jacques Hamel was leading morning Mass in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in July 2016 when two attackers stormed in, forced the 85-year-old to his knees and slit his throat. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 Baum then slit Otteson’s throat, Lewis said, and threw both teenagers into the 1,800-foot shaft, where their bodies were discovered months later, in March 2018. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 Others slit their own throats, cut off their own hands, jumped from windows. Kristen Green, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Slit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slit. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for slit

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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