Meaning of SLIT in English


I. slit 1 /slɪt/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle slit , present participle slitting ) [transitive]

to make a straight narrow cut in cloth, paper, skin etc:

Guy slit open the envelope.

slit sb’s throat (=kill someone by cutting their throat)

slit your wrists (=try to kill yourself by cutting your wrists)

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▪ cut to divide something into two or more pieces, especially using a knife or ↑ scissors :

Do you want me to cut the cake?


He cut off the lower branches.

▪ snip to quickly cut something, especially using ↑ scissors :

I snipped the label off.


The hairdresser snipped away at her hair.

▪ slit to make a long narrow cut through something, especially using a knife:

He slit the envelope open with a penknife.


She slit through the plastic covering.

▪ slash to cut something quickly and violently with a knife, making a long thin cut:

Someone had slashed the tyres on his car.


He tried to slash his wrists.

▪ saw to cut wood, using a ↑ saw (=a tool with a row of sharp points) :

Saw the wood to the correct length.

▪ chop to cut wood, vegetables, or meat into pieces:

Bill was outside chopping up firewood with an axe.


They chopped down the old tree.


finely chopped onion

▪ slice to cut bread, meat, or vegetables into thin pieces:

I’ll slice the cucumber.


Slice the bread thinly.

▪ dice to cut vegetables or meat into small square pieces:

First dice the apple into cubes.

▪ grate to cut cheese or a hard vegetable by rubbing it against a special tool:

Grate the cheese and sprinkle it over the vegetables.

▪ peel to cut the outside part off something such as a potato or apple:

I peeled the potatoes and put them in a saucepan.

▪ carve to cut thin pieces from a large piece of meat:

Uncle Ray carved the turkey.

▪ mow to cut the grass in a garden, park etc:

A gardener was mowing the lawn.

▪ trim ( also clip ) to cut a small amount off something, especially to make it look neater:

He was trimming his beard.


Trim the excess fat off the meat.

II. slit 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

a long straight narrow cut or hole:

light shining through a slit in the door

a skirt with a slit up the side

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.