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sliver

[sliv-er] /ˈslɪv ər/
noun
1.
a small, slender, often sharp piece, as of wood or glass, split, broken, or cut off, usually lengthwise or with the grain; splinter.
2.
any small, narrow piece or portion:
A sliver of sky was visible.
3.
a strand of loose, untwisted fibers produced in carding.
verb (used with object)
4.
to split or cut off (a sliver) or to split or cut into slivers:
to sliver a log into kindling.
5.
to form (textile fibers) into slivers.
verb (used without object)
6.
to split.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English slivere (noun), derivative of sliven to split, Old English -slīfan (in tōslīfan to split up
Related forms
sliverlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sliver

sliver

/ˈslɪvə/
noun
1.
a thin piece that is cut or broken off lengthwise; splinter
2.
a loose strand or fibre obtained by carding
verb
3.
to divide or be divided into splinters; split
4.
(transitive) to form (wool, etc) into slivers
Derived Forms
sliver-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from sliven to split
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Word Origin and History for sliver
sliver
late 14c., from obsolete verb sliven "to split, cleave," from O.E. toslifan "to split, cleave," from P.Gmc. *slifanan.
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Encyclopedia Article for sliver

in yarn production, loose, soft, untwisted ropelike strand of textile fibre having a roughly uniform thickness. It is produced by the carding process, which separates raw fibres to prepare them for spinning

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