sliver

noun
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

sliver

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

Definition of sliver (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cut into slivers : splinter

intransitive verb

: to become split into slivers

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 Of course, this is all intentional as Davy dealt with dark shooting conditions and film, which meant creating looks that would stand out and catch even the tiniest sliver of light. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 13 May 2022 The goal: find even the tiniest sliver of common ground. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 With many candidates splitting the vote, even a relatively small sliver of voters could determine the outcome. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Now progressives will be lucky to get even a sliver of that original, expansive vision. James Pethokoukis, The Week, 30 Sep. 2021 As many as 70 percent of visitors exit the gates of the park after their trip without laying eyes on even a sliver of its veiled face. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 And if the Oscars telecast draws even a sliver of the audience of the actual Eurovision Song Contest, then everyone will be partying. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 The rest of the day was spent sitting on a damp log in a mossy grotto that lacked even a sliver of sunlight to warm things up. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, 6 Dec. 2020 There however is a sliver of coastal Ukraine extending south toward Romania that’s just 20 miles from Snake Island. David Axe, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 See More

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First Known Use of sliver

Noun

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

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for sliver

Noun

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

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31 Jul 2022

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“Sliver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sliver. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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sliver

noun
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

sliver

verb
slivered; slivering

Kids Definition of sliver (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or form into long slender pieces

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