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

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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 The new service takes a small sliver of WiFi at homes with certain Amazon products and uses it to create a shared network within neighborhoods. CBS News, 9 June 2021 While some violent crimes have been increasing, the number of people accused of shootings and homicides makes up a sliver of the jail population. The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 While some violent crimes have been increasing, the number of people accused of shootings and homicides makes up a sliver of the jail population. Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 The sales represent a tiny sliver of each man’s net worth. Kenrick Cai, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Collectively, however, the clubs could create a buzzing nucleus in a sliver of Dallas that sat mostly vacant a mere five years ago. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Sawayama, dressed casually in a gray hoodie, says over Zoom from her London flat on a recent afternoon, her laughter revealing a sliver of blue braces. Mitchell Kuga, Billboard, 2 June 2021 That sliver of land is about to get more than $30 million in reinforcement that also will add an expanse of salt marsh habitat to the shoreline. al, 10 May 2021 The memories from that strange sliver of time all sounded like variations on Altamirano’s — personal turning points, where the crisis at hand suddenly became real to them. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This classic Portuguese soup delivers big flavor and plenty of nutrition thanks to a pound of slivered kale. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 15 Apr. 2020 Toasted sliced, slivered, or chopped whole almonds can be used in place of the hazelnuts. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Aug. 2019 To finish the dish, it's garnished with house made roasted sirrachi peanuts for crunch, slivered scallions and sesame seeds. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 2 Oct. 2019 The sequined serpent that slivered up her Alexander McQueen gown shimmered. Vogue, 28 Oct. 2019 Kuchurgan sits not far from the blast site, just inside Transnistria, a wholly unrecognized quasi-state slivered between Moldova and Ukraine and marketed by its tourist board as the place where the USSR never ended. Wired, 29 Oct. 2019 Mixing his dough and slivering vegetables, Nyma uses beef or chicken as filling. M.a.c. Lynch, courant.com, 29 Sep. 2019 Serve a main dish plant protein burger with a generous portion of green beans topped with toasted, slivered almonds. NBC News, 26 Aug. 2019 Peaches are fantastic grilled, added to garden salads, transformed into salsa, or slivered into slaw. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 7 Aug. 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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The first known use of sliver was in the 14th century

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13 Jun 2021

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“Sliver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sliver. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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