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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Hall, 20, is splitting time with Cadyn Grenier between second base and shortstop, and is following up his strong end to 2018 at Short-A Aberdeen with a consistent year for the Shorebirds. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles midseason minor league All-Star team," 11 July 2019 But Quintana is splitting team leadership with Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde, and Quintana. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Lance Armstrong's Analysis of the 2019 Tour de France," 5 July 2019 Nevin Lawson had seven penalties while splitting time with D.J. Hayden at the other cornerback spot. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' final grades: Mediocre results means mediocre marks," 5 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of splitting

1593, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jul 2019

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The first known use of splitting was in 1593

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