[ split-awf, -of ]
/ ˈsplɪtˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
the act of separating or splitting away from something else.
something that has split or has been split from something else.
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 spin-off(def 1), split-up(def 3).
What Are Split Infinitives?Sometimes infinitives need a little space. A split infinitive occurs when there’s an adverb between two parts of an infinitive. An infinitive consists of the word to and the simple form of a verb (e.g. to go and to read). “To suddenly go” and “to quickly read” are examples of split infinitives because the adverbs (suddenly and quickly) split (or break up) the infinitives to …
Origin of split-off
First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase split off
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Examples from the Web for split-off
You feel uncertain which is the main self, and which the split-off secondary personality?The Bright Messenger|Algernon Blackwood