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 Let stand 10 minutes, then peel the peppers and carefully cut a slit in the side of each pepper, then remove the seeds and discard. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Repertoire: Roasted Chiles Rellenos," 13 Sep. 2019 Working with one potato half at a time, place a wooden spoon on each side of potato, and cut slits 1/4 to 1/8 inch apart crosswise down rounded side of potato, using spoon handles as a guide to avoid cutting all the way through. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes," 6 Sep. 2019 To confirm whether the chop should come off the heat, cut a slit in its thickest part. Los Angeles Times, "Bone-in pork chops are the best for grilling. Here’s how to treat them right," 20 Aug. 2019 Cut thin vertical slits crosswise mostly through the potatoes — do not cut all the way through. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 The midi dress pulled out all the stops with a neon yellow leopard print, sequin detailing, a chain halter strap, a sultry cowl neckline, and a thigh-high leg slit that seemed to go on for miles. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Goes Bold in a Bright Yellow Leopard Versace Dress," 6 Sep. 2019 In the evening gown strut, Dillon dazzled with cascading blonde hair against a black gown with a high slit that was coutured with rhinestones. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood contestant shines at Miss Texas pageant," 6 Sep. 2019 Her gown, which featured a V-neck and thigh-high slit, was styled by her mom’s Live with Kelly and Ryan fashion stylist, Audrey Slater. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Ripa Shares Throwback Photo of Daughter Lola as She Starts College: 'I’m Not Crying'," 23 Aug. 2019 Beyoncé wore a bodacious custom one-shoulder beaded merlot Walter Collection gown with a high slit and sweetheart neckline, paired with Jimmy Choo Viola sandals and Messika jewelry. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Beyoncé Stuns In Custom Gown At Jay-Z's Niece's Birthday Party," 29 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Things for their family changed in 1950 when Frances, who was struggling with her mental health, took her own life by slitting her throat while at a nearby mental institution. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Peter Fonda on the Pain of Losing His Mom to Suicide — and How He Reconciled with His Dad Henry," 16 Aug. 2019 Officials said in court Monday that Burgess strangled the teen before slitting her throat but did not elaborate on what led up to the crime, CNN affiliate WSOC reported. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Man walked into a sheriff’s office and reportedly told dispatcher he killed someone. The victim was his daughter," 20 Aug. 2019 Officials said in court Monday that Burgess strangled the teen before slitting her throat but did not elaborate on what led up to the crime, CNN affiliate WSOC reported. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A father walked into a sheriff's office and reportedly told a dispatcher he killed someone. The victim was his daughter," 20 Aug. 2019 The young cow crossed Granby Street and headed toward the Home Depot where a Saba employee used a 12-inch knife to slit the cow’s throat in the store’s parking lot, the police report said. Abigail Brone, courant.com, "Runaway cow slaughter in Home Depot parking lot in Bloomfield sparks investigations," 19 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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25 Oct 2019

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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
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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