verb (splits, splitting, split)
- Warping, splitting along the grain, the breaking apart of joins, the flaking of paint and ground from the wooden substrate, and insect damage are all commonly encountered.
- The wooden barrel guard was split along half its length and the barrel itself was badly corroded.
- A mineral that has cleavage will break or split along planes.
- Meanwhile, the material management operation was split off into a separate company.
- The division was split off as a separate company in 1871.
- They have disapproved of the way the chief spokesman was appointed as well as the manner in which some constituents split away and held separate meetings.
- It left me absolutely dumbfounded to see the 25-foot high walls, to see how towns have been split into two.
- Under the new scheme, the town centre will be split into 12 different zones which council bosses claim could be cleared in minutes.
- The cotton country on this farm is split into two separate developments of about 1250 acres each.
- But splitting his responsibilities with another MP would at least save him the indignity of being sacked.
- Stalin urged that the invasion should be launched as early as possible so that the Germans would be forced to split their resources between the Eastern and Western fronts.
- We then split the responsibility in terms of who does what.
- It will be powered by a fission reactor that will split uranium atoms, releasing heat that can be converted into electricity.
- Like the atoms that must be split for a fission bomb to explode, modern-day Lahore is itself divided: between old and new, rich and poor, conservative and liberal.
- Our own Ernest Walton split the atom using something remarkably similar, but it all sounds so, well, physical, doesn't it?
- They would split up at earliest opportunity and the rival students would be forced to split into smaller groups as they tried to find the intruders.
- They have all been split up and sent to other homes, so we have promised to keep in touch.
- The family would have been split up at a time when we most needed one another.
- It is a few days before Valentine's Day and he has recently split up with Clementine after a relationship that lasted a year.
- Readers don't need to know what bloggers had for breakfast or whether they have split up with their girlfriend or not.
- The lack of legal protection also means that many men who have split up with the mothers of their children have been frozen out of their children's upbringing, and have to go to court if they want to get access.
- The European Union, in fact, is deeply split over such issues as its budget and constitution.
- The survey, conducted between mid-April and mid-June, found most ethnic groups were evenly split on the issue of national identity.
- By 1972 the Democratic Party in North Carolina was deeply split over the issue of race.
- I have to get out of here - my head is absolutely splitting.
- My head was splitting and I could barely breathe.
- Her head was splitting and the light made it feel even worse.
- Hence, for instance, the new act of parliament that protects people from victimisation if they split on their bosses.
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- A small split has appeared along the chest area as well.
- I accept the evidence of Mr. Pearson and Mr. Glendon with respect to their observations of the crack or split or fissure in the tubing.
- Make sure windscreen wipers are in good condition without any splits or tears
- But as you know, there's a lot of people concerned about the split, the division between the executive and the legislative branch.
- This seems to be just another instance of the classic split between graphic design and information design.
- With only three games left before the split into three divisions every result now takes on even greater importance.
- Meanwhile, the splits within his party, he claims, have been devastating.
- The split within the party has led to tactical shifts in which conservatives and Democrats often team up to embarrass the ruling moderate Republicans.
- There are a lot of reasons for this failure, including the long-time split within the party between hawks and doves.
- The radio star and DJ have blamed hectic work schedules for causing their marriage split.
- Richard Cooper, defending, told the court of the marriage split which drove Franklyn to the drugs.
- Is this evidence of one of the first Hollywood relationships with a friendly split?
- I may be 230 lb but I can do the splits and dance the Cajun two-step for two hours.
- Remember the days when you could effortlessly do the splits, kick like a Rockette and put your foot behind your head on a dare?
- They soar, spin, and dive to the floor, then spiral swiftly back to shoulder stands, splits and endless balances.
- So you come back and you hit the stick of wood right in the middle, right through here, and it'll give you two splits.
- Seating himself on his accustomed stool, he began to weave the splits dexterously in an out.
- Then as he walked, he wove the splits into a basket to be traded at the store for whatever provisions the family needed.
- Tweeling is produced by increasing the number of threads in each split of the reed.
- After the warp ends have been threaded individually through wire eyes on the shafts, they are sleyed collectively through each split in the reed.
- If you look around and don't see as many strikes, and a lot of splits or spares are on the board, the lanes probably are playing a little bit tougher.
- The big-hook players leave many more difficult spares and splits than a player with a narrower angle of entry.
- Also, when you're bowling well, the miss-hits don't leave you with big splits and tough spares.
- As a fierce relay anchor, Correia has the fastest 50 and 100-yard freestyle relay splits in history.
- The talk was of stroke-rates, times, splits, lactate curves, heart rate, aerobic thresholds.
- Over the last two years, Davis has kept a chart of Thorpe's record times and splits on the wall of his bedroom.
- SFU's women's basketball squad pulled off a split in two tight matches against the Dinos on Jan.13 and 14.
- At Miami, Carlos Delgado hit a pinch-hit grand slam to cap a six-run fifth inning for Florida to salvage a split in the four-game series.
- As the Series headed north after a split at Edison Field, the styles had been established but not an advantage.
late 16th century (originally in the sense 'break up a ship', describing the force of a storm or rock): from Middle Dutch splitten, of unknown ultimate origin.
This was originally used in the sense ‘break up (a ship)’, describing the force of a storm or rock; it was borrowed from Middle Dutch splitten. The idiom split hairs dates from the late 17th century; split the difference arose in the early 18th century; split the atom is recorded from the early 20th century.
split the difference
- Take the average of two proposed amounts.Example sentences
- In this case, you cannot simply split the difference, by taking the mean average; you must decide which turnout model is going to be correct, the one or the other.
- If we split the difference and say that the average price of statins is $90 a month, that's $1,080 a year for drugs and $210 a year for labs.
- Well, if the House wants $550 billion in tax cuts, the Senate approved $350 billion, what, do you just split the difference and come up with $450 billion?
- see hair.
split one's sides (North American also split a gut)
- informal Be convulsed with laughter.Example sentences
- This year they will have audiences splitting their sides with laughter with their crazy antics.
- They can bring tears or make people split their sides with laughter.
- Everyone split their sides, they were laughing so hard.
split the ticket (or one's vote)
- US Vote for candidates of more than one party.Example sentences
- I will probably split my vote as I did last time by voting for a candidate chosen for personal qualities but voting for a different party.
- He acknowledged that political parties did not encourage tactical voting in their campaign strategies, but sophisticated voters could split their vote.
- So I voted a few times and split my vote between them.
split the vote
- (Of a candidate or minority party) attract votes from another candidate or party with the result that both are defeated by a third.Example sentences
- Progressives across the country were presented with an old problem - vote for a less-than-perfect Democrat, or support a noble but doomed protest candidate and risk splitting the vote.
- The major problem the Democrats had is that no less than three Democrats ran for the office, splitting the vote and media attention between them.
- She stood as an Independent instead, splitting the vote.
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