[ 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)
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Origin of sliver
1325–75; Middle English slivere (noun), derivative of sliven to split, Old English -slīfan (in tōslīfan to split up
OTHER WORDS FROM sliversliv·er·like, adjective
Words nearby sliver
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Example sentences from the Web for slivering
The lower ends should be slightly beveled to prevent their slivering.
The tops and bottoms of the posts should have their edges slightly chamfered to prevent their slivering.
British Dictionary definitions for slivering
/ (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 sliversliver-like, adjective
Word Origin for sliver
C14: from sliven to split
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