- 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 sliveringtrim, pare, kiss, shred, skim, brush, slash, shear, prune, tear, shave, sliver, splinter, chop, nick, crack, hack, whack, slice, rip
Examples from the Web for slivering
Historical Examples of 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.
- 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
"splinter of wood," late 14c., from obsolete verb sliven "to split, cleave," from Old English toslifan "to split, cleave" (see sleave).