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Line breaks: slit
Pronunciation: /slɪt

Definition of slit in English:


A long, narrow cut or opening: make a slit in the stem under a bud arrow slits
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  • At this stage, they'll also check your garments for slits, broken buttons or zippers, and any other irregularities.
  • At the end of the glans is a small slit or opening, which is where semen and urine exit the body through the urethra.
  • A wrinkled tee shirt with shredded slits of material barely concealed her.

verb (slits, slitting, slit)

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1Make a long, narrow cut in: give me the truth or I will slit your throat [with object and complement]: he slit open the envelope
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  • Kari slit open the envelope as she trotted up the stairs.
  • Aiur eyed him, but she slit open the envelope and pulled out a thin sheet of paper.
  • He held a knife, which shook between leather-gloved fingers, as he slit open the front of the dress.
cut, slash, split open, slice open, gash, lacerate, make an incision in;
tear, rip;
pierce, knife, lance
literary rend
1.1Cut (something) into strips: a wide recording head magnetizes the tape before it is slit to domestic size
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  • When a guard takes out a knife and slits the plastic of one, a light-green herb spurts out.
  • With a sharp knife, slit the skin and its underlying layer along the length of each section.
  • Juki's sword slashed his robe, slitting the middle.
2 (past and past participle slitted) Form (one’s eyes) into slits; squint: she slitted her eyes to look at him (as adjective slitted) slitted eyes
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  • His tiny eyes were slitted, as he squinted at Adam in the dark.
  • Mai stirred and slitted an eye at him, ‘Why not trot on over and have a look then? ‘she asked.’
  • If he was confused at my flippancy, he didn't show it, and I was a little disappointed when he merely crossed his arms and slitted his eyes in amusement.


late Old English slite (noun); related to Old English slītan 'split, rend' (of Germanic origin).



Example sentences
  • The knife has multiple slitting blades with a stripping bar following the slitters.
  • Automated de-boners and slitters sliced the meat off bones and processors turned other parts into various pieces.
  • Unlike the patent slitters, mine has no edge for scraping the corn off, but the back of a knife blade worked just fine.

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