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
Recent Examples on the Web This season, of the almost 500 big leaguers who have thrown at least 50 pitches, only 31 have used a splitter. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Movement, deception, velocity: Why Shohei Ohtani’s splittter has been nearly unhittable," 5 May 2021 Martinez came up again in the third inning and drilled a splitter that stayed up 440 feet to center field for his major league-leading ninth home run. BostonGlobe.com, "J.D. Martinez’s planned day off turns into another stellar night at the plate for the Sox," 1 May 2021 Moreland skied a low splitter for a two-run shot just above the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center in the second inning. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "Manaea, Moreland lead A's to ninth straight win in opener of doubleheader," 20 Apr. 2021 Julio Teheran to miss 'quite a few starts' on 10-day injured list; Michael Fulmer to start; Alex Lange called up Skubal's splitter, learned over the offseason, hung up in the strike zone against Cesar Hernandez in the third. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Tigers' Tarik Skubal learned after his 'unacceptable' outing," 11 Apr. 2021 Hinch wants Skubal to get away from using his newfound splitter — which Hinch called his fourth-best pitch — as his premier strike pitch. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Now in hybrid role, here's what Detroit Tigers' Tarik Skubal is working to solve," 23 Apr. 2021 But the splitter is set up by an unpredictable array of pitches. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "With all eyes on Shohei Ohtani, Kohei Arihara instead took center stage in Rangers’ win over Angels," 20 Apr. 2021 Most of them came courtesy of a hard-biting splitter, which Cobb threw 52 times to induce 16 swings and misses. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Shohei Ohtani, Alex Cobb catapult Angels to win over Royals," 12 Apr. 2021 Mike Zunino followed by missing a splitter to end the inning. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "How facing a familiar foe brought out the version of Kohei Arihara the Rangers were hoping for," 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of splitter

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2021

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“Splitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splitter. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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