Definition of sliver in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈslɪvə/
Pronunciation: /ˈslʌɪvə/


1A small, thin, narrow piece of something cut or split off a larger piece: a sliver of cheese figurative there was a sliver of light under his door
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  • Thin slivers of light streamed through the disjointed walls and glimmered through translucent containers, each capped and filled with a clear substance, lining several rows deep in the affixed shelving along one wall.
  • Thin rounds of sliced onions, finely chopped pieces of cabbage, diced cucumber and thin slivers of carrot, are just the right food to chew on, while waiting for the main course at a formal dinner.
  • I got slices of beef with thin slivers of fat on them.
slice, wafer;
piece, fragment, bit;
Scottish  skelf
technical rove
2A strip of loose untwisted textile fibres produced by carding.


1 [with object] (usually as adjective slivered) Cut or break (something) into small, thin, narrow pieces: slivered almonds
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  • Super-dry jazz hi-hat work mixes with offhand synth-bass and slivered chirrups of sound sliced thin enough to be just impossible to place.
  • I consider this a big improvement, although when I ordered what I assumed was my favorite cold appetizer of tofu and minced wild greens, I ended up with a hot platter of brothy slivered bean curd instead.
  • Tender slices of meat, brown on the edges and pink in the middle were touched with an onion marmalade then assembled with a variety of greens and slivered green beans, among other things.
2Convert (textile fibres) into slivers: (as noun slivering) spun silk slivering
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  • Women from the Pattushali community have all the traditional items necessary for ginning (separating the cotton from seed), carding, slivering and spinning into fine yarn, some of which can be over 100 counts.


Late Middle English: from dialect slive 'cleave'.

Words that rhyme with sliver

aquiver, downriver, forgiver, giver, quiver, river, shiver, upriver

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