[ sliv-er ]
/ ˈslɪv ər /


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.

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to split.

Origin of sliver

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


sliv·er·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sliver

/ (ˈslɪvə) /


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

Derived forms of sliver

sliver-like, adjective

Word Origin for sliver

C14: from sliven to split
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