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

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

Each slit is a state of 0 and 1, because a photon goes through both. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "“Qutrit” Experiments Are a First in Quantum Teleportation," 6 Aug. 2019 Potato wedges are given a dozen fine slits then fried to dark brown crisps and topped with a vermillion tomato sauce. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Ataula is Portland’s finest Spanish restaurant (2019 review)," 4 Aug. 2019 The actress wore a longer white a-line dress featuring double slits at both sides. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Renée Zellweger Brings Color to the Carpet in Playful Pink Mini Dress at HFPA Banquet," 1 Aug. 2019 From the first outfit — a white suit with blousy sleeves and creased trousers with side slits — a soft color palette was revealed. Washington Post, "Fendi stages ethereal tribute to Lagerfeld in ancient Rome," 4 July 2019 The dress is a sheer white, with short sleeves above the elbow and a dramatic slit at the back. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Head-to-Toe Jacquemus Look on Vacation," 30 Mar. 2019 Kennemer showed me how to use a knife to separate my little guy’s bottom from the forest floor, an easy slit across the base. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Extremely rare, coveted mushrooms that only appear after a wildfire are popping up in southern Colorado," 18 July 2019 Customers were complaining that bags, including those used to contain produce in supermarkets, had slits, making them unusable. Joyce M. Rosenberg, SFChronicle.com, "Businesses find pitfalls in making goods overseas," 14 July 2019 Elijah Al-Amin was killed by a stab in the back and a slit to his throat on July 4 around 1:42 a.m. in Peoria, Arizona, according to AZCentral. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "#JusticeForElijah: White Man Kills Black Teen Over Rap Music," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cornered, Garner slit the throat of her 2-year-old daughter rather than see her returned to slavery. Karen R. Long, cleveland.com, "Lorain’s Toni Morrison captured African-American lives in luminous fiction that won over the world: Karen R. Long," 11 Aug. 2019 Unsurprisingly, Beyoncé, who provided the voice of Nala in the film, won the red carpet in a stunning yellow gown with a jaw-dropping leg slit that went all the way up to her waist. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé Wears a Gorgeous Yellow Dress with a Jaw-Dropping Leg Slit to 'The Lion King' Premiere in London," 14 July 2019 In a carjacking, Mitchell killed a 63-year-old grandmother and later slit the throat of her 9-year-old granddaughter before crushing the girl's skull with rocks. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump DOJ plans to execute inmates eligible for federal death penalty under Biden law," 25 July 2019 According to authorities, Adams followed Al-Amin inside the gas station and slit his throat. Bianca Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago activists react to #JusticeForElijah after teen reportedly was killed for listening to rap music," 9 July 2019 The outlet reports that Adams allegedly used a pocket knife to stab Al-Amin in the back before slitting his throat. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Man Accused of Fatally Stabbing Arizona Teen Because He Was Listening to Rap Music," 9 July 2019 More than two years later, Netflix has announced that the scene has been altered to exclude the moment where Hannah slits her wrists. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Netflix alters Hannah's graphic suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why season 1," 16 July 2019 Almazan stabbed her in the chest and slit her throat, prosecutors said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Cleveland quadruple homicide is latest example in long line of restraining orders failing to protect women from abusers," 11 July 2019 Police said the teen was standing by a soda machine when Adams stabbed him in the back and slit his throat. CBS News, "White man indicted for allegedly killing black teen over rap music," 11 July 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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More Definitions for slit

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 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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