verb (used with object), split, split·ting.
verb (used without object), split, split·ting.
- splint bone,
- splinter group,
- split brain,
- split cane,
- split decision,
- split end,
- split ends
Origin of split
Examples from the Web for split
The conspirators were split into two teams, “Alpha” and “Bravo.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If you look at the history, you can really understand why the parties are so divided and why the public is so split.
Before it was split between Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Baluchistan spread over an area slightly larger than California.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most critically, the split perspectives of Noah and Alison need to marry more elegantly.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Democrats split over moves to weaken Wall Street reforms, and Republicans pouted over lost leverage.
The split portion of the hub is made to grip the shaft by means of a heavy clamp ring and set screw.Illustrated Catalogue of Cotton Machinery|Howard & Bullough American Machine Company, Ltd.
The main bearing bosses were split at a 45 angle for ease of assembly.The Wright Brothers' Engines and Their Design|Leonard S. Hobbs.
Beaver are split but stretched round and should be left in the hoop or stretcher for several days.Fur Farming|A. R. Harding
Depend upon it, tryin to split peperage logs ain't nothin to it.
Trees were to be cut down and wood was to be chopped, sawed, and split for the coming summer.Rural Life and the Rural School|Joseph Kennedy
verb splits, splitting or split
- to settle a dispute by effecting a compromise in which both sides give way to the same extent
- to divide a remainder equally
- a separated layer of an animal hide or skin other than the outer layer
- leather made from such a layer
Word Origin for split
1580s, from Middle Dutch splitten, from Proto-Germanic *spl(e)it- (cf. Danish and Frisian splitte, Old Frisian splita, German spleißen "to split"), from PIE *(s)plei- "to split, splice" (see flint).
Meaning "leave, depart" first recorded 1954, U.S. slang. Of couples, "to separate, divorce" from 1942. To split the difference is from 1715; to split (one's) ticket in the U.S. political sense is attested from 1842. Splitting image "exact likeness" is from 1880. Split screen is from 1953; split shift is from 1955; split personality first attested 1919. Split-level as a type of building plan is recorded from 1952. Split-second first attested 1884, in reference to a type of stopwatch with two second hands that could be stopped independently; adjectival meaning "occurring in a fraction of a second" is from 1946.
1861 as the name of the acrobatic feat, from split (v.). Meaning "sweet dish of sliced fruit with ice cream" is attested from 1920, American English.