from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slender piece cut, split, or broken off; a splinter: slivers of broken glass.
- n. A small narrow piece, portion, or plot: a sliver of land.
- n. A continuous strand of loose wool, flax, or cotton, ready for drawing and twisting.
- transitive v. To split or become split into slivers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long piece cut or rent off; a sharp, slender fragment; a splinter.
- n. A strand, or slender roll, of cotton or other fiber in a loose, untwisted state, produced by a carding machine and ready for the roving or slubbing which precedes spinning.
- n. Bait made of pieces of small fish. Compare kibblings.
- n. A narrow high-rise apartment building.
- v. To cut or divide into long, thin pieces, or into very small pieces; to cut or rend lengthwise; to slit; as, to sliver wood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cut or divide into long, thin pieces, or into very small pieces; to cut or rend lengthwise; to slit.
- n. A long piece cut or rent off; a sharp, slender fragment, as of glass; a splinter.
- n. A strand, or slender roll, of cotton or other fiber in a loose, untwisted state, produced by a carding machine and ready for the roving or slubbing which preceeds spinning.
- n. Bait made of pieces of small fish. Cf. Kibblings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece, as of wood, roughly or irregularly broken, rent, or cut off or out, generally lengthwise or with the grain; a splinter: as, to get a sliver under one's fingernail; the lightning tore off great slivers of bark; hence, any fragment; a small bit.
- n. In spinning, a continuous strand of wool, cotton, or other fiber, in a loose untwisted condition, ready for slubbing or roving.
- n. A small wooden instrument used in spinning yarn.
- n. The side of a small fish cut off in one piece from head to tail, to be used as bait; a sort of kibblings.
- n. A very fine edge left at the end of a piece of timber.
- n. plural The loose breeches or slops of the early part of the seventeenth century.
- To cut or divide into long thin pieces, or into very small pieces; cut or rend lengthwise; splinter; break or tear off.
- To cut each side of (a fish) away in one piece from head to tail; take two slivers from. See sliver, n., 4.
- To split; become split.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. break up into splinters or slivers
- v. form into slivers
- n. a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal
- n. a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something
- v. divide into slivers or splinters
Middle English slivere, from sliven, to split, from Old English slīfan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English slivere, sliver from Middle English sliven ("to cut, cleave, split"), from Old English -slīfan (as in tōslīfan ("to split, split up")). (Wiktionary)