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Idioms for split

    split hairs. hair (def. 11).
    split the difference. difference (def. 13).

Origin of split

First recorded in 1570–80; 1950–55 for def. 13; from Dutch splitten; akin to splijten,German spleissen “to split”

OTHER WORDS FROM split

split·ta·ble, adjectivepre·split, adjectiveun·split, adjectiveun·split·ta·ble, adjective

Definition for split (2 of 2)

Split
[ split ]
/ splɪt /

noun

a seaport in S Croatia, on the Adriatic: Roman ruins.
Italian Spa·la·to [spah-lah-taw] /ˈspɑ lɑ tɔ/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for split (1 of 2)

split
/ (splɪt) /

verb splits, splitting or split

noun

adjective

having been split; dividedsplit logs
having a split or splitshair with split ends
See also splits, split up

Derived forms of split

splitter, noun

Word Origin for split

C16: from Middle Dutch splitten to cleave; related to Middle High German splīzen; see splice

British Dictionary definitions for split (2 of 2)

Split
/ (Croatian split) /

noun

a port and resort in W Croatia on the Adriatic: remains of the palace of Diocletian (295–305). Pop: 188 000 (2005 est)Italian name: Spalato
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for split

split
[ splĭt ]

v.

To divide from end to end or along the grain by or as if by a sharp blow; tear.
To break, burst, or rip apart with force; rend.
To separate; disunite.
To break apart or divide a chemical compound into simpler constituents.
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