Meaning of SLIT in English


I. ˈslit, usu -id.+V transitive verb

( slit ; slit ; slitting ; slits )

Etymology: Middle English slitten; akin to Middle High German slitzen to slip; akin to Old English slītan to tear apart, Old High German slīzan, Old Norse slīta, Lithuanian skélti to split — more at shell


a. : to make a slit in : cut lengthwise : slash

slit the huge envelope clumsily with the paper knife — Lawrence Durrell

his two motorboats slit the waters of the sound — Scott Fitzgerald

b. : to cut off or away : sever

be his tongue slit for his insolence — P.B.Shelley

2. : to cut (as film or paper) into long narrow strips

Synonyms: see cut

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English slitte, from slitten to slit

: a long narrow cut or opening

a slit in the jacket

the window was no more than a slit in the wall


a. : a narrow opening in a dome or in the roof and sidewalls of an observing room through which a telescope is pointed at the celestial bodies

b. : a narrow usually rectangular opening through which light or other emission is admitted (as to the collimator of a spectroscope) or through which it escapes (as from a black-body cavity)

c. : an aperture in the optical system of photographic sound recorders and reproducers that limits the height of the scanned area to less than a wavelength of the shortest wavelength signal to be recorded or reproduced

III. adjective

1. : shaped like a slit : long and narrow

fat-padded slit eyes — Weston La Barre

2. : having a slit

a slit skirt

slit limpet

3. : produced through a wide shallow opening formed at the free end of the tongue

a slit fricative such as th

— compare groove

IV. transitive verb

( slitted ; slitted ; slitting ; slits )

: to form into a slit : narrow

morning sunlight flooded in upon him, and he slitted his eyes against the glare — J.R.Ullman

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.