verb (used with object), split, split·ting.
verb (used without object), split, split·ting.
Origin of split
Related Words for splitrift, fissure, division, crack, gap, separation, chasm, breach, rupture, discord, divergence, schism, dissension, disruption, rive, divide, separate, tear, splinter, isolate
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Contemporary Examples of split
The conspirators were split into two teams, “Alpha” and “Bravo.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
If you look at the history, you can really understand why the parties are so divided and why the public is so split.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
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
December 29, 2014
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
December 22, 2014
Democrats split over moves to weaken Wall Street reforms, and Republicans pouted over lost leverage.‘Cromnibus’ Passes, But Did Anyone Win?
December 12, 2014
Historical Examples of split
I think I'm just a split second surer and faster than you are with a gun.
Yet it must have taken not more than the split part of a second.
The rest they'll split up into several farms and rent for the present.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
A little later the larboard fore-sheet went, and the sail was split.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Do not split it in half when you dish it, as is the practice with some cooks.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
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.