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[split] /splɪt/
a seaport in S Croatia, on the Adriatic: Roman ruins.
Italian Spalato
[spah-lah-taw] /ˈspɑ lɑ tɔ/ (Show IPA)
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  • spalato is a town at which one could easily pass a considerable time in most enjoyable loafing.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • A most striking feature of spalato is the beauty of the women.

    Vacation days in Greece Rufus B. Richardson
  • In 1646, after being repulsed from spalato, they attacked Sučurac again, but were unsuccessful.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • After breakfast we visited some of the lions of spalato, in the company of our new friend.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • On the other unbuilt side is a sulphur spring, not sufficiently appreciated by the faculty of spalato.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • The Sclav names which the spalato wines bear are not musical.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • While spalato is putting on the likeness of a busy modern town, Tra has nothing to show but its ancient memories.

  • From spalato to Cattaro is a forty-eight hours' journey by the steamer.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • Besides these, the first impression is that spalato has little to show in the ecclesiastical line.

  • Much excavation is still going on, and the chief relicsPg 22 are removed to the Museum at spalato.

British Dictionary definitions for spalato


the Italian name for Split


/Croatian split/
a port and resort in W Croatia on the Adriatic: remains of the palace of Diocletian (295–305). Pop: 188 000 (2005 est) Italian name Spalato


verb splits, splitting, split
to break or cause to break, esp forcibly, by cleaving into separate pieces, often into two roughly equal pieces: to split a brick
to separate or be separated from a whole: he split a piece of wood from the block
to separate or be separated into factions, usually through discord
(often foll by up) to separate or cause to separate through a disagreement
when tr, often foll by up. to divide or be divided among two or more persons: split up the pie among the three of us
(slang) to depart; leave: let's split, we split the scene
(transitive) to separate (something) into its components by interposing something else: to split a word with hyphens
(slang) (intransitive) usually foll by on. to betray the trust, plans, etc (of); inform: he split on me to the cops
(transitive) (US, politics) to mark (a ballot, etc) so as to vote for the candidates of more than one party: he split the ticket
(transitive) to separate (an animal hide or skin) into layers
split hairs, to make a fine but needless distinction
split one's sides, to laugh very heartily
split the difference
  1. to settle a dispute by effecting a compromise in which both sides give way to the same extent
  2. to divide a remainder equally
the act or process of splitting
a gap or rift caused or a piece removed by the process of splitting
a breach or schism in a group or the faction resulting from such a breach
a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream, covered with whipped cream, nuts, etc: banana split
  1. a separated layer of an animal hide or skin other than the outer layer
  2. leather made from such a layer
(tenpin bowling) a formation of the pins after the first bowl in which there is a large gap between two pins or groups of pins
(informal) an arrangement or process of dividing up loot or money
having been split; divided: split logs
having a split or splits: hair with split ends
See also splits, split up
Derived Forms
splitter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch splitten to cleave; related to Middle High German splīzen; see splice
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Word Origin and History for spalato



1580s, from Middle Dutch splitten, from Proto-Germanic *spl(e)it- (cf. Danish and Frisian splitte, Old Frisian splita, German spleißen "to split"), from PIE *(s)plei- "to split, splice" (see flint).

Meaning "leave, depart" first recorded 1954, U.S. slang. Of couples, "to separate, divorce" from 1942. To split the difference is from 1715; to split (one's) ticket in the U.S. political sense is attested from 1842. Splitting image "exact likeness" is from 1880. Split screen is from 1953; split shift is from 1955; split personality first attested 1919. Split-level as a type of building plan is recorded from 1952. Split-second first attested 1884, in reference to a type of stopwatch with two second hands that could be stopped independently; adjectival meaning "occurring in a fraction of a second" is from 1946.


1861 as the name of the acrobatic feat, from split (v.). Meaning "sweet dish of sliced fruit with ice cream" is attested from 1920, American English.



1861 as the name of the acrobatic feat, from split (v.). Meaning "sweet dish of sliced fruit with ice cream" is attested from 1920, American English.

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spalato in Medicine

split (splĭt)
v. split, split·ting, splits

  1. To divide from end to end or along the grain by or as if by a sharp blow; tear.

  2. To break, burst, or rip apart with force; rend.

  3. To separate; disunite.

  4. To break apart or divide a chemical compound into simpler constituents.

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Slang definitions & phrases for spalato



To leave; depart; cut out: This party is dullsville, let's split (1956+ Jazz musicians)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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