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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After the splitter issues were discovered in prerace inspection, Busch, Hamlin and Jones were sent to the back of the field for the start of the race. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Joe Gibbs Racing handed suspensions, fines after failing inspections at Michigan," 12 June 2018 Brach then struck out Ryan Goins on three pitches, starting him with a pair of splitters before getting him to swing through a high 94.6-mph fastball. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "As Orioles' Brach records his first save in nearly a month, he's seeing signs of his old self," 10 May 2018 Hirano throws a splitter, like many pitchers from Japan, but his sinking fastball averages only 91.6 m.p.h. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "A Rookie Treasures Lessons From Roy Halladay," 16 June 2018 The easiest ways to know if a 'stang has these add-ons are 1) that new front splitter, which Ford says adds 60lbs (27.2kg) of front downforce; 2) the rear spoiler; and 3) the dark metallic wheels. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We went to drive the new Ford Mustang—but a tornado messed things up," 17 May 2018 His splitter, effective all day, was nonetheless pulled into right field for a leadoff double by Matt Joyce in the fourth. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' Alex Cobb finds form again with second straight quality start in California," 7 May 2018 At 155 mph, the active rear wing and splitter combine with active elements in the nose (highlighted in a contrasting color) to generate 1764 pounds of downforce. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "More McLaren Senna Info Spills Forth: Here's What You Need to Know," 7 Feb. 2018 And after Conforto launched a splitter for a long foul ball down the right-field line with the tying run on first base Friday night, Neris threw back-to-back fastballs, the second of which was hit for the go-ahead homer. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Hector Neris blows another save as Phillies fall to Mets," 11 May 2018 The only run Gausman allowed was on Kyle Seager’s homer to lead off the fourth on a 2-1 splitter that Seager parked over the grounds crew shed in right-center field. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Machado booed, O'Day injured as Orioles fall in frustrating fashion to Mariners, 3-2," 26 June 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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