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verb (used with object),slit, slit·ting.
  1. to cut apart or open along a line; make a long cut, fissure, or opening in.

  2. to cut or rend into strips; split.

  1. 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

Other words from slit

  • slitless, adjective
  • slitlike, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for slit


/ (slɪt) /

verbslits, slitting or slit (tr)
  1. to make a straight long incision in; split open

  2. to cut into strips lengthwise

  1. to sever

  1. a long narrow cut

  2. a long narrow opening

Origin of slit

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

Derived forms of slit

  • slitter, noun

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