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)

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, spall, 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

The victim reported being scared to leave because Lander had a knife and a sliver blade in the center console area of the pickup. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Man charged in teen's kidnapping," 27 July 2018 But the designers have thoroughly integrated the sliver park into the public realm. Inga Saffron,, "What the new Salvation Army memorial tells us about Philadelphia's building boom," 12 June 2018 But one sliver of supremacy endures: The Aztecs are money in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. Mark Zeigler,, "Aztecs beat Fresno State to set up semifinal showdown with Nevada," 8 Mar. 2018 But there is at least one sliver of the Obama administration’s climate agenda that Trump's deputies are considering keeping. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump under pressure to keep an Obama-era climate decision he hasn't tried to kill (yet)," 20 Feb. 2018 Divide between 2 small bowls and top with sliced lemongrass and a few lime-leaf slivers. Sunset, "Thai-Inspired Kokoda," 22 Jan. 2018 Rotenberg’s videos are but a small sliver of the cottage industry that is the Troom Troom reaction video. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "YouTube is full of cringey, clickbait DIY channels. They’re even weirder than you think.," 12 Nov. 2018 And for some, a small sliver of joy returned again. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Is Officially Back on Royal Duty, and Charming the World Again," 2 Oct. 2018 According to local media reports, ISIS has been eradicated from most parts of southern Syria and is operating from a small sliver of territory. David Lee Miller, Fox News, "ISIS ramps up violence as it prepares to pull out of Syria," 7 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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)

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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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