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sliv·​er ˈsli-vər How to pronounce sliver (audio)
 sense 2 is usually  ˈslī-
: a long slender piece cut or torn off : splinter
: a small and narrow portion
a sliver of land
: particle, scrap
not a sliver of evidence
: an untwisted strand or rope of textile fiber produced by a carding or combing machine and ready for drawing, roving, or spinning


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

transitive verb

: to cut into slivers : splinter

intransitive verb

: to become split into slivers

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
Watters said the moon will cover a sliver of the sun at around 10:15 a.m. and will reach its maximum coverage around 11:15 a.m. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 6 Apr. 2024 This is the first total eclipse since 1878 to be seen in Fort Worth, and by extension, a sliver of Texas along the spine of totality. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Apr. 2024 Her sliver of the counter is equally spotted with drops of broth. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 Only one small sliver of Michigan is in the 2024 eclipse's path of totality, in southeastern Monroe County. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 1 Apr. 2024 By adorning relatively slow and simple melodies with quick grace notes, Moctar turns his electric guitar into something flickering and unstable, with pitches that seem to warp in and out of each other, changing for slivers of moments before snapping back into their familiar previous shapes. Eric Torres, Pitchfork, 26 Mar. 2024 Hart is one the most famous comedians alive, but comedy is a mere sliver of his portfolio. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Instead of giving the 49ers a sliver of hope, Arizona exerted immediate control as two baskets by Keshad Johnson pushed the six-point margin to 10. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 The league’s current deals expire at the end of the 2024-2025 season, and interest in getting even a sliver of games is said to be intense among both traditional TV players and new digital video counterparts. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 7 Mar. 2024
Each bite is loaded with bacon, cheddar cheese, and slivered almonds. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2024 Make it: Top 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese with two tablespoons slivered almonds and a teaspoon of honey. Women's Health, 28 Aug. 2023 Oh, and the AL West lead has been slivered to 1.5 games over Houston, two over white-hot Seattle. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2023 An unexpected ingredient, slivered almonds, adds crunch to the filling and topping. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 June 2023 Remarkable for its combination of complexity and freshness, Bollinger R.D. 2008 offers fine perlage and aromas of peach, yuzu, just-baked brioche, and slivered almonds. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2023 Seed and sliver the peppers and drizzle with oil, vinegar and chopped fresh herbs to serve as a salad. Steven Raichlen New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of sliver was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sliver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
sliv·​er ˈsliv-ər How to pronounce sliver (audio)
: a long slender piece cut or torn off : splinter
: a small and narrow portion
a sliver of pie


2 of 2 verb
slivered; slivering
: to cut or form into slivers : splinter

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