Idioms

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

Origin of split

1570–80; 1950–55 for def 13; < Dutch splitten; akin to splijten, German spleissen to split
Related formssplit·ta·ble, adjectivepre·split, adjectiveun·split, adjectiveun·split·ta·ble, adjective

Definition for splits (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 splits (1 of 3)

splits

/ (splɪts) /

noun

(functioning as singular) (in gymnastics, etc) the act of sinking to the floor to achieve a sitting position in which both legs are straight, pointing in opposite directions, and at right angles to the body

British Dictionary definitions for splits (2 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for splits (3 of 3)

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 Formssplitter, noun

Word Origin for split

C16: from Middle Dutch splitten to cleave; related to Middle High German splīzen; see splice
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Medicine definitions for splits

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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