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 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

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

Before the 1990s, humanity’s entire intellectual effort was concerned with what turns out to be just a sliver of all existence. Amelia Urry, Washington Post, "Scientists know gravity exists. They just don’t know how it works.," 16 Aug. 2019 That's still a sliver of the total $5.4 trillion in total US retail sales. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Amazon plans to deliver on promise of even faster shipping, calling it a success," 26 July 2019 Stretched out along the eastern Himalaya between India and Tibet, Nepal is a narrow sliver of a country that is home to eight of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest. National Geographic, "Pictures of Nepal: Kathmandu & Sarangkot Photos | National Geographic Expeditions," 8 Apr. 2019 Charged particles from the sun began stripping away Mars’ once-thick atmosphere, eventually reducing it to a thin sliver that cannot keep much heat in or UV radiation out. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "Silica Blankets Could Make Mars Habitable," 15 July 2019 Part of that screening process involves taking antibodies from a sample of spinal fluid from the patient and applying those antibodies to a sliver of mouse brain, which closely resembles human tissue on a molecular level. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Rare disease discovery: Antibodies fighting cancer go on to attack brain," 14 July 2019 In a sliver of the state alongside the Tennessee River, barbecued chicken is famously adorned in a creamy white sauce of mayonnaise, vinegar and spices. Larry Olmstead, USA TODAY, "Great American Bites BBQ road trip: The country's best regional barbecue joints," 9 July 2019 Strong turnout from minority voters, along with young, educated and liberal whites helped him beat Hillary Clinton in the primary and then win the general election by expanding the electorate rather than fighting for a sliver of swing voters. NBC News, "Harris stunned Biden. But can she meld a winning (Obama) coalition?," 3 July 2019 After the shooting, cars bearing late-night customers continued pulling into the 7-Eleven parking lot next to the crime scene, which was contained to a sliver of 61st Street between the convenience store and a late-night bar. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Man, woman in critical condition after shooting in front of 7-Eleven in Chicago Lawn," 1 July 2019

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, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019 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, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019 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, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019 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, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019 Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger comes as a single or double quarter-pound beef patty topped with McBacon sauce, Applewood smoked bacon, Gouda cheese and slivered onions on a sesame seed bun. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "McDonald’s will accept foreign currency for a new Worldwide Favorites Menu item on Thursday," 4 June 2019 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, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019 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, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019 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, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019

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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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sliver

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sliver

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sliver

verb

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

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

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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