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 The morning after, Cassie wakes up to find Alex dead, his throat slit, the sheets bloodied. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "A Hot Mess Caught in a Caper in “The Flight Attendant”," 28 Dec. 2020 Per @styleforkkw, Kim wore a custom Schiaparelli look, consisting of a forest green, hard-shell, corset top, and a velvet wrap skirt featuring a dramatic leg slit. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Kardashian-Jenner Clan's Christmas Party Gowns Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 26 Dec. 2020 The males, left to forage, fed their families through a slit in the clay barrier. Yao-hua Law, The Atlantic, "Helmeted Hornbills Are Very Picky About Their Nests," 16 Dec. 2020 For some kinds of research the image of a star, picked up by the great light-gathering eye, must pass through a slit one thousandth of an inch wide. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Wonders of Astronomy: The Cutting Edge Space Telescope...of 1939," 17 Dec. 2020 Lopez then handed it to Del Cid, who added olive and a slit of red bell pepper before wrapping the tamale and placing it in a large pot. Los Angeles Times, "Sagging tamale sales could hint at fewer Christmas gatherings as COVID surges," 16 Dec. 2020 Each spiral is a product of an editing technique called slit-scan photography. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Slit-Scan Technique Presents a Twist on Flowery Photography," 10 Dec. 2020 At the shower, Matthews showed off her baby bump in a pink dress featuring a thigh-high slit — which matched perfectly with the shower's festive pink decorations for their baby girl on the way. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "See Patrick Mahomes' Sweet Message to Fiancée Brittany Matthews During Her 'Perfect' Baby Shower," 9 Dec. 2020 Next, use a utility knife to cut a small slit in the heat mat and pull through the metal floor-sensing probe that’s attached to the mat. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Install Electric Radiant-Floor Heat," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "As a fast-paced caper, ‘The Flight Attendant’ soars. As a story about alcoholism, well, there’s turbulence.," 25 Nov. 2020 Last month, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman tweeted a Chinese artist’s fabricated image of an Australian soldier poised to slit the throat of an Afghan child. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China’s Combative Nationalists See a World Turning Their Way," 14 Dec. 2020 The Henning and Birch cases are notorious among defense lawyers because of the lack of evidence from a particularly savage attack - Carr was beaten, stabbed 27 times and his jugular vein was slit. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Two former state prison inmates, whose murder convictions were reversed by the Supreme Court, file civil rights suits against police, Henry Lee," 2 Dec. 2020 The defense knew that Wheeler, claiming that the group threatened to slit his throat, could very well have the sympathy of the jury; the defendants needed a defendant. Carrie Hagen, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Courageous Tale of Jane Johnson, Who Risked Her Freedom for Those Who Helped Her Escape Slavery," 16 Nov. 2020 That night, a group of robbers grabbed him outside, stabbed him multiple times and slit his throat, then stole his phone and wallet and escaped on a motorbike. Washington Post, "Afghanistan’s one-man crusade to combat Kabul’s crime wave," 4 Nov. 2020 An official said one man’s throat was slit while a woman’s throat was cut in what looked like an attempt to decapitate her. Noemie Bisserbe And Sam Schechner, WSJ, "France Terrorist Attack: What Happened in Nice at the Notre Dame Basilica?," 29 Oct. 2020 Struggles take place, bones are broken, wrists are slit with a box cutter and things reach the point of no return. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "30 best horror movie scenes of the 21st century," 29 Oct. 2020 Decades later, the paperback edition of Spring Collection still arouses me: A tall, thin woman who is clearly a model strides across the cover, wearing a glamorous white ‘90s dress, slit open to the top of her right thigh. Sanderskristin, Longreads, "The Power of a Judith Krantz Sex Scene," 21 Oct. 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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16 Jan 2021

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“Slit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slit. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for slit

slit

noun
How to pronounce slit (audio)

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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