sliverlike

sliver

[sliv-er]
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:
1325–75; Middle English slivere (noun), derivative of sliven to split, Old English -slīfan (in tōslīfan to split up

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

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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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