[ split-er ]


  1. a person or thing that splits.
  2. Biology Informal. a taxonomist who believes that classifications should emphasize differences between organisms and therefore favors a multiplicity of taxa ( lumper ).

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Word History and Origins

Origin of splitter1

First recorded in 1615–25; split + -er 1

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Example Sentences

Electric log splitters operate more quietly than their gas-powered counterparts, which makes the work more enjoyable—and you a better neighbor.

First, a photon is split by a beam splitter into two possible paths and heads to both Alice’s lab and Bob’s.

The photons in Jiŭzhāng must be released at almost exactly the same time and also arrive at the end of the 22-meter course of mirrors and beam splitters at nearly same time too.

There, each photon encounters a series of beam splitters, each of which sends the photon down two paths simultaneously, in what’s called a quantum superposition.

Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin threw Freeman a low-and-inside splitter in Game 2, and Freeman was able to bring his hands in and crush the ball for a two-run home run, giving the Braves an early 2-0 lead.

I toured again, but this time I downsized from the luxury of my tour bus to a cold damp splitter van.

The young rail-splitter had also a knack of slaughtering hogs, for which he received thirty cents a day.

Skull-Splitter, by way of diversion, plumped backward into the brook, and sat down in the cool pool up to his waist.

It seemed but half awake; and Skull-Splitter imagined that it was a trifle cross, because its mother had waked it too early.

With an angry roar she rose on her hind legs and advanced against the unhappy Skull-Splitter with two uplifted paws.

Get thee hence ere I break every bone in thy body; thou weigher of scruples, thou splitter of straws.





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