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sliver

noun sliv·er \ ˈsli-vər , sense 2 is usually ˈslī- \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of sliver

1 a : 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

Examples of sliver in a Sentence

  1. I got a sliver of wood stuck in my finger.

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Origin and Etymology of sliver

Middle English slivere, from sliven to slice off, from Old English -slīfan; akin to Old English -slǣfan to cut


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sliver

verb sliv·er \ ˈsli-vər \

Definition of sliver

slivered; slivering play \ˈsli-və-riŋ, ˈsliv-riŋ\
transitive verb
: to cut into slivers : splinter
intransitive verb
: to become split into slivers

Examples of sliver in a Sentence

  1. carefully slivered the rattan stems into strips for basketry

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First Known Use of sliver

1605

sliver Synonyms


SLIVER Defined for English Language Learners

sliver

noun

Definition of sliver for English Language Learners

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


sliver

verb

Definition of sliver for English Language Learners

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


SLIVER Defined for Kids

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sliver

noun sliv·er \ ˈsli-vər \

Definition of sliver for Students

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

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sliver

verb

Definition of sliver for Students

slivered; slivering
: to cut or form into long slender pieces


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