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[slit] /slɪt/
verb (used with object), slit, slitting.
to cut apart or open along a line; make a long cut, fissure, or opening in.
to cut or rend into strips; split.
a straight, narrow cut, opening, or aperture.
Origin of slit
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
Related forms
slitless, adjective
slitlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • For Dukla Pass, as he had heard, was but a slit in the mountains, which the Austrians could easily defend.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • I will have the canoe drawn up, and gently, but firmly, slit it with my knife.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • Two holes are cut in the table top, at the right places to make a window for the light and a slit for the printing frame.

  • A hand moved slowly around the slit—a hand that held a pencil-ray.

    Pirates of the Gorm Nat Schachner
  • The resulting light passes through the slit in the end of tube B, and then through B to the prism.

  • The darkness then was slit by a hard straight line of white.

    The Bluff of the Hawk Anthony Gilmore
British Dictionary definitions for slit


verb (transitive) slits, slitting, slit
to make a straight long incision in; split open
to cut into strips lengthwise
to sever
a long narrow cut
a long narrow opening
Derived Forms
slitter, noun
Word Origin
Old English slītan to slice; related to Old Norse slita, Old High German slīzen
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Word Origin and History for slit

c.1200, from or related to Old English slitan "to slit, tear, split, rend to pieces; bite, sting; back-bite," from Proto-Germanic *slitan (cf. Old Saxon slitan, Old Frisian slita, Old Norse slita, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch sliten, Dutch slijten, Old High German slizan, German schleißen "to slit"). A more violent verb in Old English than after, e.g. slitcwealm "death by rending." Slit skirt is attested from 1913.A slitting-mill (1660s) cut iron plates into thin rods for making nails, etc.


mid-13c., "long cut or rent (in clothes), incision," from slit (v.). Slang sense of "vulva" is attested from 1640s. Old English had slit (n.) with a sense of "a rending, bite; backbiting."

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Slang definitions & phrases for slit

slip one's trolley

verb phrase

To lose one's rational composure; flip out, freak out: She was going around babbling like she slipped her trolley

[1895+; fr the condition of a trolley car that has lost contact with the electrical cable]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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