[ slit ]
/ slɪt /

verb (used with object), slit, slit·ting.

to cut apart or open along a line; make a long cut, fissure, or opening in.
to cut or rend into strips; split.


a straight, narrow cut, opening, or aperture.

Origin of slit

1175–1225; Middle English slitte (noun), slitten (v.); cognate with German schlitzen to split, slit; akin to Old English slite a slit, geslit a bite, slītan to split; see slice


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British Dictionary definitions for slit

/ (slɪt) /

verb slits, slitting or slit (tr)

to make a straight long incision in; split open
to cut into strips lengthwise
to sever


a long narrow cut
a long narrow opening

Derived forms of slit

slitter, noun

Word Origin for slit

Old English slītan to slice; related to Old Norse slita, Old High German slīzen
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