split end


Definition of split end

1 : an offensive football end who lines up usually several yards to the side of the formation
2 : a hair tip that has become frayed (as from dryness) usually used in plural

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Likewise, those with enough money can afford skilled stylists to crop the split ends from their hair and tint it to glow like the sun is always shining on it. Veronica Walsingham, SELF, "Growing Up With Less Money Than My Friends Made Me Obsessed With Having Wealthy-Looking Hair," 15 Nov. 2018 After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length — not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "13 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster," 16 Aug. 2018 Soon after, creamy blush and a touch-and-it-will-unravel braid entered the equation, while untamed ringlets, afros of all shapes and sizes, and split ends abounded in Spring 2016. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "9 Times Calvin Klein Turned Minimalist Beauty Into a Major Runway Moment," 11 Sep. 2018 Plus, my split ends appeared full rather than frayed — almost as if they had been freshly snipped. Jessica Prince Erlich, The Cut, "I Found the Most Moisturizing Shampoo," 2 Feb. 2018 Schwartz, an accomplished sprinter, will likely be in the slot and either Hill and Williams could end up at flanker or split end, where Auburn has more depth. James Crepea, AL.com, "What Auburn's wide receiver corps looks like without Eli Stove, Will Hastings," 22 Mar. 2018 That just-back-from-the-salon post-haircut feeling is like no other — so fresh and so free of split ends. Wendy Sy, Allure, "8 Lob Haircuts That Look Amazing," 1 June 2018 Darius Slayton was the top deep threat, as the split end always is in Gus Malzahn's offense. James Crepea, AL.com, "Wide receiver the position of strength for Auburn's offense this spring," 22 Feb. 2018 In short: Young Hair = Healthy Texture + Current Style Nothing ages your hair faster than split ends. Redbook, "5 Ways Your Hair Can Take 10 Years Off Your Age," 15 July 2011

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First Known Use of split end

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to gather or build up little by little

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