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 In addition to her signature long sleeves (gotta hide those tattoos!), the gown featured a thigh-high slit that only the Backwoods Barbie could pull off. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dolly Parton's 2019 CMA Awards Dress Is as Elaborate as You'd Expect," 14 Nov. 2019 One sleeveless dress with a high-side slit was a sparkling patchwork of green, purple, pink, and yellow squares and triangles. Fortune, "Who Gets to Be An American?," 9 Sep. 2019 To be extra Belgian, pair it with a pistolet, a crusty round bread roll with a slit along the top. Julia Buckley, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Traditional Foods to Eat in Belgium—And Where to Try Them," 6 Aug. 2019 Her top had a structured black bodice with a white bow at one shoulder, and her black dress pants had white slits. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "From Kiernan Shipka to Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish, These Are The Best Celebrity Looks You Missed This Weekend," 8 July 2019 Painted to resemble the galaxy, the artwork has five gray faces of aliens: long and angular, with a slit for a mouth and hollow blue eyes. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Hey, doubters, there’s been a real 'Space Invasion!’ in downtown Stamford," 3 July 2019 Her vibrant dress, which appears to be covered in red maribou feathers, also has a major thigh-high slit that allowed Lipa to flex her shoe game with a pair of matching red sandals. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dua Lipa Looks Ravishing in a Red Valentino Gown at the 2019 amfAR Gala," 24 May 2019 Meanwhile, Khloé Kardashian rocked a thigh-high leg slit and a totally sheer top, while Kourtney Kardashian wore a suit jacket with only a bra underneath. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West Just Wore a Skintight Snakeskin Dress with a Back Slit," 11 Nov. 2019 JoJo’s big sister Vanessa rocked a beautiful black and white dress with a high slit and studded belt. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "JoJo Simmons and Tanice Amira's New Jersey Wedding Looked Like A Fairy Tale," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, the woman who received the message calling her the n-word and telling her to slit her wrists reported the message to Facebook. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "She was called the n-word and given instructions to slit her wrists. What did Facebook do?," 1 Nov. 2019 The victims were later discovered in Mess’s apartment with their throats slit and their bodies sprinkled with marijuana. BostonGlobe.com, "an earlier triple murder in Waltham," 15 Nov. 2019 Reduce the oven temperature to 375ºF. Using a knife, slit a line down the center of the potatoes and peel off the skin using your hands. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "What’s the best pie crust for your holiday baking? We tasted 11 to find out," 4 Nov. 2019 Jennifer Lopez just hit the red carpet in Manhattan wearing a sparkly gown with a major leg slit. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Just Had a Major Leg Slit Moment in a Custom Michael Costello Gown," 23 Oct. 2019 Earlier this week, Lopez stepped out in a skimpy white crop top and blue maxi skirt with a slit up-to-there. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "J.Lo Shows Off Her Incredible Abs In High-Slit Beach Skirt at End of Summer Party," 6 Sep. 2019 On July 13, a calf escaped the Saba Live Poultry butcher shop in Bloomfield and workers chased the animal to the back of hardware store parking lot where a worker slit the animal’s throat. USA TODAY, "Rocket’s last blast, Alaska drought, million-dollar ham: News from around our 50 states," 23 Aug. 2019 Greg also threatened to slit his throat, but his mom ran outside and flagged down an off-duty deputy from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Man arrested on suspicion of stabbing father to death in Yavapai County," 19 July 2019 Crutsinger was accused of entering the women’s Fort Worth home on April 6, 2003, and stabbing them multiple times and slitting their throats. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Texas execution: He killed them and drove their Cadillac to a bar," 4 Sep. 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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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Slit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slitter. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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