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, 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 bonus represents a sliver of the company’s seven-figure liability, a William Hill spokesman said. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "The Golden Knights Are on a Roll, Leaving Vegas Oddsmakers to Shudder," 1 May 2018 Now a museum, its elevated stature gives visitors stunning views of the terracotta roofs of Annecy’s old town, as well as a sliver of the lake and mountains. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Exploring Annecy, the Venice of the French Alps," 7 Nov. 2018 Like other convertibles, the C930 suffers from huge-chin syndrome featuring a one-inch-wide bezel underneath its display while the side and top bezels are mere slivers of black. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Yoga C930 2-in-1 review: Hidden features in all the right places," 26 Oct. 2018 Barcelona, Spain Barcelona has long prided itself on its culture, and November showcases an excellent sliver of it. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in November," 20 Sep. 2018 The image reveals various shades of blue and a sliver of a white, grainy-looking color. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Beach or door? Viral meme stumps the internet," 31 Aug. 2018 The two cooking methods brought out the oily silkiness of the escolar, which made the roll even more rich when coupled with fried garlic, avocado slivers and mushroom cream. Lauren Delgado,, "Urban Hibachi Sushi & Grill plates up elegant Japanese fare," 30 June 2018 On an ever dirtying planet, these folks had the fortune to occupy a lovely sliver. Chris Colin, Outside Online, "Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights," 30 May 2018 There are only a few slivers of metal in their design — inside the headband and as contrasting accents on the exterior — to break up the matte black monotony. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 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)

: 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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