World English Dictionary
sliver (ˈslɪvə)
1.  a thin piece that is cut or broken off lengthwise; splinter
2.  a loose strand or fibre obtained by carding
3.  to divide or be divided into splinters; split
4.  (tr) to form (wool, etc) into slivers
[C14: from sliven to split]

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