[ split-awf, -of ]

  1. the act of separating or splitting away from something else.

  2. something that has split or has been split from something else.

  1. Commerce. a process of reorganizing a corporate structure whereby the capital stock of a division or subsidiary of a corporation or of a newly affiliated company is transferred to the stockholders of the parent corporation in exchange for part of the stock of the latter.: Compare carveout (def. 1), spin-off (def. 1), split-up (def. 3).

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Origin of split-off

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase split off

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How to use split-off in a sentence

  • Only in this way can the formerly split-off energy become again applicable to the accomplishment of the necessary tasks of life.

  • You feel uncertain which is the main self, and which the split-off secondary personality?

    The Bright Messenger | Algernon Blackwood