being split or causing something to split.
violent or severe, as a headache.
very fast or rapid.
Usually, splittings. a part or fragment that has been split off from something: Some cavemen made their smaller tools from the splittings of stone.

1585–95; split + -ing2, -ing1

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splitting (ˈsplɪtɪŋ)
1.  (of a headache) intolerably painful; acute
2.  (of the head) assailed by an overpowering unbearable pain
3.  psychoanal the Freudian defence mechanism in which an object or idea (or, alternatively, the ego) is separated into two or more parts in order to remove its threatening meaning

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Word Origin & History

1590, from M.Du. splitten, from P.Gmc. *spl(e)it- (cf. Dan., Fris. splitte, O.Fris. splita, Ger. spleißen "to split"), from PIE *(s)plei- "to split, splice" (see flint). Meaning "leave, depart" first recorded 1954, U.S. slang. Of couples, "to separate, divorce" from
1942. To split the difference is from 1715; to 'split (one's) ticket in the U.S. political sense is attested from 1842. The acrobatic feat first so called in 1861. Meaning "sweet dish of sliced fruit with ice cream" is attested from 1920, Amer.Eng. Splitting image "exact likeness" is from 1880. Split screen is from 1953; split shift is from 1955; split personality first attested 1919. Split-level as a type of building plan is recorded from 1952. Split-second first attested 1884, in ref. to a type of stopwatch with two second hands that could be stopped independently; adj. meaning "occurring in a fraction of a second" is from 1946.
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Medical Dictionary

splitting split·ting (splĭt'ĭng)
The chemical change in which a covalent bond in a molecule is cleaved, producing two or more simpler fragments.

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