split·​ting | \ ˈspli-tiŋ How to pronounce splitting (audio) \

Definition of splitting

: that splits or causes to split: such as
a : causing a piercing sensation a splitting headache
b : very fast or quick racing off at a splitting pace— Charles Dickens
c : sidesplitting a splitting laugh

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Examples of splitting in a Sentence

the horse took off at a splitting gallop
Recent Examples on the Web Romine has been solid in both, with a .298/.375/.474 BBref line (while splitting time with free-agent signee Russell Martin) and a .305/.373/.415 Strat line. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers less than sim-sational after one month of simulated games," 1 May 2020 City staff members have been splitting time at the office and working from home when possible, Brown said. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky mayor who called coronavirus a 'big f**cking deal' says Walton takes it seriously," 26 Mar. 2020 Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race within 24 hours of each other, preventing centrist voters from splitting votes among candidates. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden seals place as top Sanders alternative in stunning Super Tuesday comeback," 3 Mar. 2020 He was suspended for a violation of team rules for the first two games of the season, but returned to the fold and was a mainstay in the A&M secondary, splitting time with sophomore Elijah Blades. Alex Miller, Dallas News, "Texas A&M’s Kendrick Rogers, Debione Renfro declare for 2020 NFL draft," 8 Jan. 2020 Mathews revealed earlier this month that the exes would be splitting time with the kids this holiday. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Jersey Shore Star Jenni 'JWoww' Farley's Ex-Husband Says He's 'Grateful for Peace' on Christmas," 26 Dec. 2019 By 2021, if the league reaches certain revenue markers in broadcast agreements, marketing partnerships and licensing deals, the W.N.B.A. and its players could be splitting revenue equally. Howard Megdal, New York Times, "W.N.B.A. Makes ‘Big Bet on Women’ With a New Contract," 14 Jan. 2020 In this case, that means splitting time between North American and the U.K. and seeking financial independence from the family. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Oprah Winfrey Clears Up Rumours That She Influenced Meghan Markle To Exit Royal Duties," 13 Jan. 2020 Using renewable electricity, Air Co. turns carbon from air into pure ethanol, by electrically splitting water into carbon and oxygen. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the World's First Carbon-Negative Vodka," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of splitting

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of splitting was in 1593

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Splitting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splitting. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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