verb (used with object), split, split·ting.
verb (used without object), split, split·ting.
Origin of split
Related Words for splitsrift, 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 splits
I run between 15 and 25 miles most weeks (at around 7:15 splits).Why Men Shouldn’t Wait To Have Kids
Conor P. Williams
March 8, 2014
The plot follows a couple who splits as the husband pursues a younger woman around the age of 21.What You Should Know About Woody Allen's Feud With Mia and Ronan Farrow
January 13, 2014
Labor's Yachimovitch is promising parliamentary rescue if Likud splits apart.Understanding John Kerry's Logic
July 22, 2013
In Louie, comedian Louis C.K. plays a version of himself who splits caregiving with his wife.Pop Culture’s House Husbands Lag Behind the Reality in American Homes
June 18, 2013
In years where the Academy splits on picture and director, one of the winners comes as a surprise.Oscar’s Best Director: Steven Spielberg vs. David O. Russell
February 7, 2013
Historical Examples of splits
As it stands, your cut will be seventy-five—if he splits with you, and I think he will.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Let's get away from this before it splits or explodes again!Left on Labrador
Charles Asbury Stephens
Whalebone is very fibrous or stringy, and it splits very readily.Chatterbox, 1905.
Here is a ticklish point—it is at this point that all splits and quarrels begin.The Story of My Life
It was substantially roofed with logs and "splits" covered with gravel.When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
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.