slit

[slit]
verb (used with object), slit, slitting.
1.
to cut apart or open along a line; make a long cut, fissure, or opening in.
2.
to cut or rend into strips; split.
noun
3.
a straight, narrow cut, opening, or aperture.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English slitte (noun), slitten (v.); cognate with German schlitzen to split, slit; akin to Old English slite a slit, geslit a bite, slītan to split; see slice

slitless, adjective
slitlike, adjective
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slit (slɪt)
 
vb , slits, slitting, slit
1.  to make a straight long incision in; split open
2.  to cut into strips lengthwise
3.  to sever
 
n
4.  a long narrow cut
5.  a long narrow opening
 
[Old English slītan to slice; related to Old Norse slita, Old High German slīzen]
 
'slitter
 
n

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slit
O.E. slitan "cut or tear up, slit," from P.Gmc. *slitanan (cf. O.S. slitan, O.N. slita, M.L.G., M.Du. sliten, Du. slijten, O.H.G. slizan, Ger. schleißen "to slit"). The noun is attested from mid-13c. Slang sense of "vulva" is attested from 1640s. Slit skirt is attested from 1913.
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Example sentences for slit
The neck is visibly constricted and the blowhole is a longitudinal slit.
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