split·​ter | \ ˈspli-tər \

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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But if by some chance Mize — and his fastball-slider-splitter combination — slips to them, the Phillies will be ready to pounce. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "MLB draft: Six prospects the Phillies could pick at No. 3," 4 June 2018 Evidence of ticket splitters is also available in other races. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Swing voters are extremely real," 23 July 2018 Splitting wood in the woods eliminates piling it and then picking up the pieces again to load them onto the splitter. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide To Cutting and Splitting Firewood," 28 Sep. 2018 Davidson mixed fastballs, splitters and curves, his go-to pitch at Yucaipa (Calif.) High School. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox DH Matt Davidson throws everyone a curve in his major-league pitching debut," 30 June 2018 Orioles starter Kevin Gausman struck out nine in five and a third innings, thanks mostly to a hard-diving splitter and a lively fastball. Jeff Seidel, New York Times, "Giancarlo Stanton Homers, Breaking Out of Slump in a Yankees Win," 2 June 2018 The engineers claim to have eliminated the 911's typical front axle lift/power-on understeer through redesign of front oil-cooler intake and venting, together with a new front splitter. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Working on this Singer 911 restoration “turns” Williams F1 engineers," 24 Aug. 2018 Ohtani has racked up a 29.7% whiff rate with the splitter. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Three Players Limiting the Cubs, Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s Eruption and Ohtani's Filthy Splitter," 29 May 2018 There’s right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano’s splitter, lefty Andrew Chafin’s slider, Bradley’s fastball/curveball combo and new closer Brad Boxberger’s change-up. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen getting results without overpowering stuff," 20 Apr. 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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