splitting

adjective split·ting \ ˈspli-tiŋ \

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

Examples of splitting in a Sentence

  1. the horse took off at a splitting gallop

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First Known Use of splitting

1593




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