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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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 Under the vehicle there are splitters ahead of the front wheels, a dimpled underbody cover beneath the battery, front and rear underbody spoilers, and rear-axle Gurney flaps. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 The main aerodynamic changes are a new splitter below the front bumper and a big new rear wing. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford reveals 2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang with aero and handling upgrades," 11 June 2018 Working together with a front splitter, a front lip spoiler, a flat underside, and a rear diffuser, the 3-Eleven 430 achieves a claimed 584 pounds of downforce, about 94 pounds more than the standard Road model, at top speed. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Lightweight Limbo: Lotus Applies Familiar Formula to Final 3-Eleven 430," 22 Feb. 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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