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)

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 Students at the tiny sliver of deep-pocketed colleges that command most of the media attention will, for the most part, be just fine. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, "College Closures Are a Disaster for Low-Income Students," 16 Mar. 2020 Early episodes, written by Simon and Burns, struggle to find the sliver of space that exists between topical significance and emotional consequence. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "David Simon’s take on ‘The Plot Against America’ nails the fear, but not the emotions," 13 Mar. 2020 Read more about the fascinating sliver of history here. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 14: Impeachment, Iran, 2020 race, Niger, teacher protest," 14 Jan. 2020 One of my favorite views is to the south down the twisting Connecticut River to the blue sliver of Long Island Sound in the distance. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A snowy climb to the top of Great Hill Mountain in East Hampton after the season’s first snowfall," 6 Dec. 2019 One of 365 beaches on the island, the peaceful sliver located within the national park is framed by green hills and tucked away in an out-of-the-way cove on the south coast. Melanie Refffes, USA TODAY, "Shh! These are the best secret beaches in the Caribbean," 25 Nov. 2019 Democrats are looking for someone above reproach, who can shore up the base and win over the tiny sliver of voters in battleground states who will probably decide the election. BostonGlobe.com, "But his shortcomings, like those of his Democratic rivals, are minuscule compared to the appalling qualities Trump displays daily. Democrats are playing not just by different rules, but an entirely different game.," 17 Nov. 2019 Horvat believes the cows somehow managed to survive the storm surge by swimming to the sliver of land. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "3 Cows Swept Away by Hurricane Dorian’s “Mini Tsunami” Recently Turned Up on the Outer Banks," 13 Nov. 2019 The slivers of beef filling out the khao pad ped (#27a, $9.99) were anything but dry and only complimented the red curry sauce coating the fried rice, which came off mellow at first bite only to deepen in flavor with every forkful. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Thai restaurant excels with top-notch curries and fiery homemade hot sauce," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Cauliflower power: 6 places with hot cauliflower dishes," 2 Oct. 2019 The sequined serpent that slivered up her Alexander McQueen gown shimmered. Vogue, "Artist Tali Lennox Celebrated the End of Her Show With a Dinner Evoking Weimar-Era Indulgence," 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, "The Shady Cryptocurrency Boom on the Post-Soviet Frontier," 29 Oct. 2019 Mixing his dough and slivering vegetables, Nyma uses beef or chicken as filling. M.a.c. Lynch, courant.com, "Love Story: After fleeing Tibet, this man built a new life Connecticut and met his wife," 29 Sep. 2019 Serve a main dish plant protein burger with a generous portion of green beans topped with toasted, slivered almonds. NBC News, "Can your diet save the planet?," 26 Aug. 2019 Peaches are fantastic grilled, added to garden salads, transformed into salsa, or slivered into slaw. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "8 Health Benefits of Peaches," 7 Aug. 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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The first known use of sliver was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

1 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sliver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sliver. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for sliver

sliver

noun
How to pronounce sliver (audio)

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
How to pronounce sliver (audio)

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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