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

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The effort to appeal to more and younger churchgoers is splitting opinions—and ears. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Why Are People Wearing Earplugs in Church? Hint: It’s Not the Sermon," 25 Jan. 2019 Australia’s drought is splitting agriculture-producing regions into those who have water and those who don’t. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Drought Tests Australia’s Model Water Market," 8 Nov. 2018 Matt Kenseth, who is splitting time with Trevor Bayne in the Roush Fenway Racing No. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR Cup Series playoff hopefuls look to break through at Kentucky Speedway," 12 July 2018 After Darby got hurt in Week 1, Mills moved from the right side to the left, with Patrick Robinson and rookie Rasul Douglas splitting playing time on the right side. Paul Domowitch, Philly.com, "Eagles CB Ronald Darby admits 'There's a lot riding' on his 2018 play," 13 June 2018 Elliott, who's listed at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, said he's been splitting time with the linebackers and defensive ends thus far in the Saints' offseason practices. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "Jayrone Elliott gives Saints another Glenville High product," 26 May 2018 Communities of interest should be maintained in a single district, where possible and attempts should be made to avoid splitting districts. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land appoints redistricting committee, solicits public input," 14 June 2018 Miller has just 50 carries for 204 yards over the last two seasons, while Barrett, who is splitting time at running back and receiver, had 79 rushing yards on 14 carries as a freshman last season. Tom Green, AL.com, "Can Auburn extend streak of 1,000-yard rushers? Tim Horton thinks 'it'll be interesting' to see," 3 May 2018 That's where the challenge came this year for Bloom, who was splitting time with sophomore Talia Hannappel. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot High School Female Athlete of the Week: Jenna Bloom's return sparked Edison softball," 26 May 2018

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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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