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)

transitive verb

: to cut into slivers : splinter

intransitive verb

: to become split into slivers

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Synonyms for sliver

Synonyms: Noun

chip, flake, spall, splint, splinter

Synonyms: Verb

slice, splinter

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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

That was my moment to just internally go nuts, but don’t show a sliver of it externally. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Dan's funeral: An oral history of the greatest Big Brother moment ever," 29 Aug. 2019 In Texas, for instance, Democrats are nine seats away from flipping the House, which would give them a sliver of power after nearly a quarter-century of political irrelevance. CBS News, "Democrats dump millions into statehouse races," 20 Aug. 2019 In Texas, for instance, Democrats are nine seats away from flipping the House, which would give them a sliver of power after nearly a quarter-century of political irrelevance. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "Democrats Are Spending Millions to Try to Take Back Statehouses," 20 Aug. 2019 In Texas, for instance, Democrats are nine seats away from flipping the House, which would give them a sliver of power after nearly a quarter-century of political irrelevance. Brian Slodysko And Paul J. Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Democrats got thumped ahead of redistricting in 2010. Now they’re trying to take back statehouses with Trump on the ticket.," 20 Aug. 2019 Her calculations were clearly faulty, though, in deciding the sliver of risk that your test would inspire your cousin was worth breaking this confidence. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: My girlfriend is hiding our relationship. Is it embarrassment, or something worse?," 18 Aug. 2019 Her calculations were clearly faulty, though, in deciding the sliver of risk that your test would inspire your cousin was worth breaking this confidence. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: A DNA test, the seeds of deception and a growing lie," 17 Aug. 2019 Her calculations were clearly faulty, though, in deciding the sliver of risk that your test would inspire your cousin was worth breaking this confidence. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive.com, "Carolyn Hax: Secret of sperm-donor baby won’t last long in age of ancestry tests," 17 Aug. 2019 An understory of spreading dogbane, yellow columbine, Richardson’s geranium, curly dock, wild roses and fragrant wild geranium grow profusely in damp slivers of space among roots, boulders and gigantic trees. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This Flagstaff mountain hike surrounds you with summer wildflowers," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger comes as a single or double quarter-pound beef patty topped with McBacon sauce, Applewood smoked bacon, Gouda cheese and slivered onions on a sesame seed bun. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "McDonald’s will accept foreign currency for a new Worldwide Favorites Menu item on Thursday," 4 June 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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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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