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sliver

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noun sliv·er \ˈsli-vər, 2 is usually ˈslī-\

Definition of sliver

  1. 1a :  a long slender piece cut or torn off :  splinterb :  a small and narrow portion <a sliver of land>c :  particle, scrap <not a sliver of evidence>

  2. 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.>

Origin and Etymology of sliver

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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sliver

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verb sliv·er \ˈsli-vər\

Definition of sliver

slivered

slivering

play \ˈsli-və-riŋ, ˈsliv-riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cut into slivers :  splinter

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become split into slivers

Examples of sliver in a sentence

  1. <carefully slivered the rattan stems into strips for basketry>

1605

First Known Use of sliver

1605


SLIVER Defined for English Language Learners

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sliver

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noun sliv·er \ˈsli-vər, 2 is usually ˈslī-\

Definition of sliver for English Language Learners

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


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sliver

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verb sliv·er \ˈsli-vər\

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

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noun sliv·er \ˈsli-vər\

Definition of sliver for Students

  1. 1 :  a long slender piece of something cut or torn off :  splinter <I have a sliver of wood in my finger.>

  2. 2 :  a small amount <a sliver of moon> <a sliver of doubt>


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sliver

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verb sliv·er

Definition of sliver for Students

slivered

slivering

  1. :  to cut or form into long slender pieces



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