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 slitless (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 actress shared a sneak peek at her official post-Oscars party attire on her Instagram late last night, showing off a sultry, sequined green dress with a plunging neckline, super-high thigh slit, and metallic strappy heeled pumps. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Spent Her Oscars Night on the Dance Floor," 10 Feb. 2020 Use a paring knife to make a slit down the pod’s length, leaving the bottom intact. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "What is Vanilla (And Why Is It Sooo Expensive)?," 24 Dec. 2019 Solange’s choice, though, with its super high slit and hip-baring cutouts, proved one of the most daring of the bunch. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Solange Pulls Off a Particularly Tricky Dress on The Tonight Show," 3 Dec. 2019 Other parts of the display include a nurse standing above an incubator with bloody babies, and a mannequin with a slit throat. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Utah Family Slammed for Halloween Decor Featuring Guillotine Beheading a Fake Baby: 'Way Too Far'," 31 Oct. 2019 Meghan wore a blue and white Club Monaco dress that features buttons down the front (and a slip underneath to account for the slit at the front) and ties at the waist. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Meghan and Harry Bring Archie to Meet Desmond Tutu," 25 Sep. 2019 An Ohio sheriff says the person who told veterinarians a dog was found with its nose and mouth duct-taped and its throat slit was actually its owner, who made up the story to get the animal free care. chicagotribune.com, "Ohio dog owner faked story of abused pup to get free vet care, police say," 27 Aug. 2019 Beyoncé wore custom Kujta & Meri to Diddy's party, storming to the top of each and every best dressed list in a black velvet gown with a slit all the way up to the hip. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé Wore Snowflake-Inspired Couture to Diddy's 50th Birthday Party and Basically Invented Winter," 16 Dec. 2019 Cut slits in the top crust, flute the edges and cut off excess crust. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "These pies are Minnesota award winners. Here’s how to make them.," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This incarnation of Carmen slit the throat of a rival named Manuela in a matter of moments and ended up being choked, not stabbed, by Don Jose. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Ballet leaps over expectations with unconventional new ‘Carmen’," 21 Oct. 2019 After charring the eggplant, Vongerichten slit it open slowly like a surgeon and steam shot out along the cut. Los Angeles Times, "Has world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten gone vegan?," 8 Oct. 2019 Her gorgeous dress, which featured a V-neck and high slit up one side, was styled by her mom’s Live! with Kelly and Ryan fashion stylist, Audrey Slater. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "All About Kelly Ripa's Daughter Lola's Custom Prom Dress - and Her Date's Ryan Seacrest Tuxedo!," 7 June 2019 Though his throat was slit, law enforcement quickly rules Harlan Thrombey’s death a suicide. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Unlikely Hero of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out," 29 Nov. 2019 The animals are meant to symbolically absorb the sins of the practitioners, and following the ceremony, the chickens’ throats are slit. Los Angeles Times, "Jewish center sued over controversial chicken-killing ritual," 26 July 2019 It was slit to her upper thigh, and—most memorably—held together by large gold safety pins. Harper's BAZAAR, "Elizabeth Hurley on the Versace Pin Dress That Changed Everything," 25 Mar. 2019 Those young orcas’ bodies were slit open, filled with rocks, and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Orcas don’t do well in captivity. Here’s why.," 25 Mar. 2019 Sight has become a heretical concept; even a TV critic could get his throat slit just for joking about it. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "In Apple TV+’s initial smattering of shows, only ‘Dickinson’ is a delicious surprise," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Slit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slitless?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=slit0002. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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