- a small, slender, often sharp piece, as of wood or glass, split, broken, or cut off, usually lengthwise or with the grain; splinter.
- any small, narrow piece or portion: A sliver of sky was visible.
- a strand of loose, untwisted fibers produced in carding.
- to split or cut off (a sliver) or to split or cut into slivers: to sliver a log into kindling.
- to form (textile fibers) into slivers.
- to split.
Origin of sliver
1325–75; Middle English slivere (noun), derivative of sliven to split, Old English -slīfan (in tōslīfan to split up
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Examples from the Web for slivering
The lower ends should be slightly beveled to prevent their slivering.
The tops and bottoms of the posts should have their edges slightly chamfered to prevent their slivering.
- a thin piece that is cut or broken off lengthwise; splinter
- a loose strand or fibre obtained by carding
- to divide or be divided into splinters; split
- (tr) to form (wool, etc) into slivers
C14: from sliven to split
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Word Origin and History for slivering
"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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