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

While flowing skirts and dresses did make for fluid silhouettes, belts accentuating waistlines, leather mini-shorts, slits in skirts and transparent materials kept the looks modern and chic. Washington Post, "Longchamp doesn’t want to be remembered as just French," 7 Sep. 2019 Having attended The Lion King's London premiere wearing a yellow-gold gown featuring a revealing leg slit, Beyoncé has outdone herself by wearing a gorgeous red dress with an even higher cut. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Just Wore a Ruby Red Dress with the Highest Leg Slit of All Time," 28 July 2019 The trailer has ventilation slits that cannot be seen from the outside. Brandon Shimoda, Harper's magazine, "The Fruits of Suffering," 19 Aug. 2019 Its exhaust ports were narrowed into tight slits to minimize detection by infrared systems. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-117 Nighthawk Is Such a Badass Plane," 12 Aug. 2019 Add a third slit for a photon to traverse, and the result is a qutrit—a quantum system defined by the superposition of three states in which a photon’s path effectively encodes information. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "“Qutrit” Experiments Are a First in Quantum Teleportation," 6 Aug. 2019 According to pictures circulating on social media, Selena and the rest of the bridesmaids all wore long, elegant strapless black dresses, complete with an eye-catching thigh-high slit. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Was the Maid of Honor at Cousin Priscilla DeLeon's Wedding," 20 July 2019 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

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Mitchell then slit the girl’s throat, crushed her head with 20-pound rocks, and severed and buried both victims’ heads and hands. Tribune News Service, al, "Federal government brings back death penalty, orders 5 executions," 25 July 2019 Meanwhile, aside from Eichner, Meghan and Harry also spent time with Beyoncé and her husband JAY-Z. Photos from their meet-and-greet were spread wide, Beyoncé (in a custom gold pleated gown with a thigh-high slit by Cong Tri) hugging Megan. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Billy Eichner Shares Video of Himself 'Completely Freaking Out' Before Meeting Meghan and Harry," 15 July 2019 Fremr said 102 witnesses testified at Ntaganda's trial, including a woman who survived having her throat slit by Ntaganda's forces. NBC News, "International Criminal Court convicts Congo's Ntaganda of war crimes," 8 July 2019 Fremr said 102 witnesses testified at Ntaganda’s trial, including a woman who survived having her throat slit by Ntaganda’s forces. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "International court convicts Congo rebel leader known as ‘Terminator’," 8 July 2019 Fremr said 102 witnesses testified at Ntaganda’s trial, including a woman who survived having her throat slit by Ntaganda’s forces. Washington Post, "Intl court convicts Congo rebel leader known as ‘Terminator’," 8 July 2019 Ramos slit Fedison’s throat and stabbed her seven times, then dumped her headfirst into a trashcan near her home the day before Thanksgiving in 2014. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon attorney general files brief calling for Supreme Court to uphold non-unanimous juries," 23 Aug. 2019 Khaled Hassan, 42, who holds dual Egyptian and American citizenship, slit his wrists and took large amounts of hypertension pills July 29 inside Cairo’s Tora Prison. Washington Post, "Jailed in Egypt, American limo driver attempts suicide," 10 Aug. 2019 When the cow was captured, Musaed slit its throat in the parking lot. Abigail Brone, courant.com, "Butcher shop employee who slit runaway cow’s throat behind Bloomfield Home Depot charged with animal cruelty," 2 Aug. 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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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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