split·​ter | \ ˈspli-tər How to pronounce splitter (audio) \

Definition of splitter

1 : one that splits
2 : one who classifies organisms into numerous named groups based on relatively minor variations or characters — compare lumper

Examples of splitter in a Sentence

a three-way phone line splitter

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When pitching behind in the count, his splitter becomes less effective because opponents lay off it and wait for a better offering. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Quietly yet efficiently, Junior Guerra has re-emerged as a force in Brewers' rotation," 31 May 2018 But a committed Everettian should have no hesitation about doing so using the quantum splitter. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Many-Worlds Interpretation Has Many Problems," 18 Oct. 2018 The other new pieces include a front splitter with extended side pieces, different side skirts, end plates for the rear diffuser, a rear spoiler, and door garnishes that cover up the fake side vents. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Toyota Releases TRD Performance Styling Parts for the 2020 Supra," 20 May 2019 The 26-year-old Montas has had varied success during parts of two seasons with the A’s but was dominant this spring after adding a splitter to complement a 97 mph fastball and slider. Michael Wagaman, The Seattle Times, "Frankie Montas parlays new pitch into spot in A’s rotation," 25 Mar. 2019 Matt Olson is going to be seeing this splitter in his nightmares. Michael Beller, SI.com, "The Table Setter: Looking at the Fantasy Baseball Week Ahead," 2 Apr. 2018 Physical, elite strike thrower, 92-96 with a plus-splitter and a plus-cutter and a pretty solid slider, too. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "What scouts say about Detroit Tigers' first 10 draft picks," 6 June 2018 Of the eight pitches that Neris needed to retire three Atlanta Braves hitters Monday night, six were four-seam fastballs and two were splitters. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Hector Neris' slide from Phillies closer role began with overuse of his slider," 23 May 2018 Most of the time, these tires—kit with the track package ($2,995), along with rear wing and front carbon-fiber splitter—made driving the ZR1 like wrestling a giant bipolar eel: powerful, slippery, hard to get a grip. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of splitter

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of splitter

: a device that divides or splits something (such as wood or electronic signals)

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