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 But there’s also that sliver of insecurity that lives inside of everybody that was coming out in me. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Girl on the Third Floor," 25 Oct. 2019 However, the repair process might also rope in some stray letters or chop off pre-existing slivers of the genome. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "A New Gene Editing Tool Could Make CRISPR More Precise," 22 Oct. 2019 This one includes pistachios, a peachy vinaigrette and slivers of an impressive take on brie, from vegan cheese expert Jules Aron, made from cashew milk. Los Angeles Times, "What’s missing at vegan Nic’s on Beverly? Creative, exciting cooking," 17 Oct. 2019 Each begins with an anecdotal sliver of Carby as a child, whose personal situation, once glossed, yields to that of a parent, a grandparent, a great-grandparent, and so on. Maya Binyam, The New Yorker, "An Intimate History of the British Empire," 9 Oct. 2019 The stunning collection features of bracelets and limited-edition charms in sliver and Pandora Shine. James Love, Essence, "Pandora Creates A Limited-Edition Lion King Collection Upon The Release of The Film," 4 July 2019 With significant ice time for the first time in his career, Chiasson scored a career-high 22 goals and emerged as one sliver of hope for an Edmonton franchise filled with pessimism. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Top 20 Unrestricted Free Agents Available in 2019 NHL Offseason," 27 June 2019 Wu drew inspiration from midcentury design, but added his own updated spin: exposed-wood frames (a first for Interior Define) outline slivers of negative space, while brass endcaps add a bit of jewelry-like luxe. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Interior Define and Jason Wu Just Launched a Brand New Furniture Collection," 27 June 2019 The kingdom hopes soon to offer a sliver of the company in an initial public offering. BostonGlobe.com, "DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Drones claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco early Saturday, sparking a huge fire at a processor crucial to global energy supplies.," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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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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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