sliv·er | \ˈsli-vər, 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 \
slivered; slivering\ˈsli-və-riŋ, ˈsliv-riŋ \

Definition of sliver (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cut into slivers : splinter

intransitive verb

: to become split into slivers

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Synonyms for sliver

Synonyms: Noun

chip, flake, splint, splinter

Synonyms: Verb

slice, splinter

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Examples of sliver in a Sentence


I got a sliver of wood stuck in my finger.


carefully slivered the rattan stems into strips for basketry

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kaliningrad Stadium Capacity: 35,000 Kaliningrad Stadium is located in Kaliningrad, which is the capital of a sliver of Russian land cut off from the rest of the country and nestled between Poland and Lithuania. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "2018 World Cup stadiums hosting matches in Russia: A guide," 13 June 2018 In an annual ritual, a trio of area Muslim leaders — Brother Amin Abdul Aziz and Imams Muhammad Abdur-Razzaq Miller and Yahya A. Latif — fan out across the region to spots affording the best view of the ascendant silver sliver. Kristin E. Holmes,, "Muslims look to new moon for start of Ramadan, but few saw it this year," 16 May 2018 The pastor’s plate ($13) is a good way to sample a number of items, including slivers of honest-to-God Benton’s ham, flavorful biscuits with chow chow and bacon pepper jam, and solid deviled eggs atop a punchy slick of pimento cheese dip. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Eat Here First in April: 3 new restaurants to try before everybody else does," 17 Apr. 2018 And then a small sliver of the wood detached with a loud crack. Paul Collins,, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018 The restaurant’s Italian beef sandwiches were last spotted at the Taste in 2009, but the thin, peppery slivers of beef are back to please your taste buds this year. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "Try these Chicago classics at the 2018 Taste of Chicago," 5 July 2018 The young sliver of a moon slides by Mercury, low on the western horizon, on July 14, and then dances with Venus the following night. Blaine P. Friedlander Jr., Washington Post, "Skywatch: July is the month of Mars," 30 June 2018 Shift skins to a cutting board and slice to slivers (like bacon, only better). Leah Eskin,, "Duck subs for pork in easy carnitas tacos recipe," 23 May 2018 For a subtler look, the gold, sliver, pink, or bronze liners can be used to add some color to a clear lip gloss. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Cult Favorite Brand Shu Uemura Will Release a Quirky Lipstick Collection," 17 Apr. 2018

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To get this striped look, place two horizontal strips of tape over your nail, leaving just a slivered gap between them, then paint the gap with a pale shade. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "7 Ridiculously Cool Nail Designs to Copy this Summer," 5 June 2018 The protein pancakes mix traditional batter with blueberries, granola, slivered almonds and cinnamon. Andy Staples,, "How 'Scheduling for Success' Can Help the Pac-12 Keep Pace in the Playoff Era," 7 May 2018 If New Orleans is an aging beauty queen drunk on the fumes of her glorious past, Plaquemines Parish, to the southeast, is plain old sloshed — not to mention saturated, striated, slivered and surrounded by water. Jennifer Moses, New York Times, "At the Mouth of the Mississippi, a Weird and Fragile Beauty," 21 Feb. 2018 But they were born this way, with the translucent noodles designed to spring and coil, trapping spice and chile paste and slivered vegetables. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Korean cafe serving up real Seoul food at Seoul Asian Market & Cafe," 14 Dec. 2017 Sliced or slivered almonds, pine nuts and skinned hazelnuts should be a nice golden or honey color. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Toasting nuts intensifies their flavor," 26 Sep. 2017 So walnut halves will take longer than slivered or sliced almonds. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Toasting nuts intensifies their flavor," 26 Sep. 2017 Nutrition | Per serving (with 1/2 cup slivered almonds): 110 calories, 4 g protein, 12 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 2 g dietary fiber, 8 g sugar Never miss a local story. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Pops for breakfast? These are nutritionist-approved," 8 Aug. 2017 Translucent wafers of Korean fluke are wrapped in kelp to cure; sayori (needlefish) is slivered and marinated in soy; and tender lobes of rich uni are glazed with miso. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Los Angeles Magazine Hot Restaurant List for July 2017," 18 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sliver

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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


sliv·er | \ˈsli-vər \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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