sliv·​er | \ ˈsli-vər How to pronounce sliver (audio) , sense 2 is usually ˈslī- \

Definition of sliver

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a long slender piece cut or torn off : splinter
b : a small and narrow portion a sliver of land
c : particle, scrap not a sliver of evidence
2 : an untwisted strand or rope of textile fiber produced by a carding or combing machine and ready for drawing, roving, or spinning


sliv·​er | \ ˈsli-vər How to pronounce sliver (audio) \
slivered; slivering\ ˈsli-​və-​riŋ How to pronounce slivering (audio) , ˈsliv-​riŋ \

Definition of sliver (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become split into slivers

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Synonyms for sliver

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of sliver in a Sentence

Noun I got a sliver of wood stuck in my finger. Verb carefully slivered the rattan stems into strips for basketry
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Back then, Rock Financial was only a sliver of Quicken's current size. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Quicken Loans IPO: Why it may need the cash and who gets rich," 20 June 2020 The door is closing, but a sliver of light shines around the frame. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 Indian officials also ramped up rhetoric on retaking the entirety of the old princely state—including a sliver handed to China by Pakistan in 1963. The Economist, "Death valley India and China have their first deadly clashes in 45 years," 16 June 2020 Even with modest investments, these newcomers can move stock prices, which are typically set by just a sliver of shareholders. Matt Phillips,, "Trading sportsbooks for brokerages, bored bettors wager on stocks," 15 June 2020 There's a sliver of truth to these descriptions of Section 230. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The Internet’s most important—and misunderstood—law, explained," 10 June 2020 The tweet like has left some confused and others with a sliver of camaraderie with Trump. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Trump’s singular tweet like about Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ gets Twitter talking," 8 June 2020 The association said that through April, with recent state collections through sales tax and Internet sales, revenue was actually up by a sliver, .21 percent. William Thornton |, al, "Tax data continues to show effect of coronavirus shutdown," 8 June 2020 Reader’s Watchdog has heard from only a sliver of those whose claims remain tied up with a problem. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Dear governor, please help. We filed for unemployment months ago and are still waiting," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This classic Portuguese soup delivers big flavor and plenty of nutrition thanks to a pound of slivered kale. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Quick Portuguese Caldo Verde (Sausage and Kale Soup)," 15 Apr. 2020 Toasted sliced, slivered, or chopped whole almonds can be used in place of the hazelnuts. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Say farewell to summer with easy Italian grilled chicken and a bold dessert," 20 Aug. 2019 To finish the dish, it's garnished with house made roasted sirrachi peanuts for crunch, slivered scallions and sesame seeds. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Cauliflower power: 6 places with hot cauliflower dishes," 2 Oct. 2019 The sequined serpent that slivered up her Alexander McQueen gown shimmered. Vogue, "Artist Tali Lennox Celebrated the End of Her Show With a Dinner Evoking Weimar-Era Indulgence," 28 Oct. 2019 Kuchurgan sits not far from the blast site, just inside Transnistria, a wholly unrecognized quasi-state slivered between Moldova and Ukraine and marketed by its tourist board as the place where the USSR never ended. Wired, "The Shady Cryptocurrency Boom on the Post-Soviet Frontier," 29 Oct. 2019 Mixing his dough and slivering vegetables, Nyma uses beef or chicken as filling. M.a.c. Lynch,, "Love Story: After fleeing Tibet, this man built a new life Connecticut and met his wife," 29 Sep. 2019 Serve a main dish plant protein burger with a generous portion of green beans topped with toasted, slivered almonds. NBC News, "Can your diet save the planet?," 26 Aug. 2019 Peaches are fantastic grilled, added to garden salads, transformed into salsa, or slivered into slaw. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "8 Health Benefits of Peaches," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sliver


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for sliver


Middle English slivere, from sliven to slice off, from Old English -slīfan; akin to Old English -slǣfan to cut

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24 Jun 2020

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“Sliver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sliver

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small, thin piece that has been cut, torn, or broken from something larger


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English Language Learners Definition of sliver (Entry 2 of 2)

somewhat formal : to cut or break (something) into small, thin pieces


sliv·​er | \ ˈsli-vər How to pronounce sliver (audio) \

Kids Definition of sliver

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long slender piece of something cut or torn off : splinter I have a sliver of wood in my finger.
2 : a small amount a sliver of moon a sliver of doubt


slivered; slivering

Kids Definition of sliver (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or form into long slender pieces

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