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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 of sliver
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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  • This is the machine in which the fibres are, for the first time, formed into a continuous length termed a sliver.

  • But, as he held it and picked up a sliver, a thought occurred to him.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Cochrane peeled a sliver of the meat from one of the round objects and put it under his watchstrap.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Bennet and Gussie ain't expecting a sliver of nothing for Christmas—not a sliver.

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  • The pointed, sliver shapes next to it are bombs of some kind, probably the cobalt bombs.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
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
n.

"splinter of wood," late 14c., from obsolete verb sliven "to split, cleave," from Old English toslifan "to split, cleave" (see sleave).

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