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 The Lakers are tied with the Suns after splitting games on the road. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Volunteers also assisted in splitting firewood that could be accessed with a donation to support the efforts of the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association, the group that manages the course. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, 20 Apr. 2021 The electrode’s vast surface area reduced the local electric field, which prevented the buildup of dendrites and reduced the likelihood of splitting water molecules. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 27 May 2021 Nuclear power plants harvest the energy released by splitting atoms controllably. Xuejian Wu, The Conversation, 17 May 2021 Thanks to the pandemic’s effect on tours, Clark has been more or less splitting her time between Los Angeles and Dallas over the past year. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, 13 May 2021 There are likely to be dozens or more candidates listed on the second question, potentially splitting votes for more traditional politicians and allowing a person who is very famous to win via a plurality. Tyler Olson, Fox News, 4 May 2021 The second phase will involve splitting subjects into a placebo and a treatment group. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 28 Apr. 2021 Penta was splitting time at quarterback with fellow senior Dylan Eberle because starter Tyler DeMattio was injured in last week’s win over Foxborough. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Apr. 2021

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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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Last Updated

17 Jun 2021

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“Splitting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splitting. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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