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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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Examples from the Web for slitlike
Historical Examples
  • Polycarp regarded him cunningly with his little, slitlike eyes.

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • On the lower floor of the mouth can be seen the slitlike glottis leading to the lungs.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for slitlike


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 slitlike



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 slitlike

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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