- 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
Related Words for sliverslice, fragment, flake, snippet, shred, shaving, thorn, splinter, snip, slip, bit, paring
Examples from the Web for sliver
Contemporary Examples of sliver
And if he can stabilize this sliver of the country, it could prevent another devastating war.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
Leaving the OR that night, I looked up the clear sky, at the flocks of white seagulls and a sliver of crescent moon.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
Despite name ID and fluent Spanish (there was a sizable Hispanic population in the area), he lost by a sliver.George Takei Sets Phasers to Reform
July 15, 2014
Her opinion of Nirvana, and the tiny boy, changed entirely when she bought the “Sliver” single in October 1990.The Moment Kurt Cobain Met Courtney Love
Charles R. Cross
April 5, 2014
“The sliver of swing votes in the South is small,” said Arceneaux.Democrats March on the South to Hold Senate Majority in 2014
October 31, 2013
Historical Examples of sliver
But, as he held it and picked up a sliver, a thought occurred to him.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
The sliver, now being twisted, is called a sliver no longer, but the slubbing.The Fabric of Civilization
No such difference can be perceived in the sliver at the drawing frame.The Story of the Cotton Plant
Our orders are to get back there at maximum, and you know what that means aboard the Sliver.
It doesn't mean a thing though, as far as the Sliver is concerned.
- 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
Word Origin for sliver
Word Origin and History for sliver
"splinter of wood," late 14c., from obsolete verb sliven "to split, cleave," from Old English toslifan "to split, cleave" (see sleave).