Origin of splitting
verb (used with object), split, split·ting.
verb (used without object), split, split·ting.
Origin of split
Related Words for splittingrive, divide, separate, tear, splinter, isolate, rip, break, disband, crack, open, sever, slice, share, fork, cleave, disjoin, rend, burst, divorce
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Contemporary Examples of splitting
Again, the difference can seem subtle and sound more like splitting hairs, but the difference is important.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Fumbleroooohski…'” (39) “'Look at me, ungh, splitting my own seam, oohh… going deep.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
In the early 2000s, after splitting with his wife of 20 years, Stephenson began devoting more time to his interest in art.Why eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise
August 19, 2014
If one or both ran, it would likely help Petri by splitting the conservative vote in a primary.Tom Petri's Primary Challenge May Mark End Of Rockefeller Republicanism
April 3, 2014
Splitting from a bad spouse is accepted but a stigma remains about cutting out a damaging sibling or parent.Should You Divorce Your Family After the Holidays?
January 2, 2014
Historical Examples of splitting
Do not speak so loud, for fear of splitting open the head of Mr. Argan.The Imaginary Invalid
There is the fact of the growth of the yeast plant; and there is the fact of the splitting up of the sugar.Yeast
Thomas H. Huxley
"I am sorely afraid of this splitting up the forces," said Meek, doubtfully.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
His head was splitting and the taste of blood was in his mouth, but it was nothing serious.Creatures of Vibration
I mean through the splitting of single words into two or even more.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
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.