Meaning of SLIVER in English


I. ˈslivə(r), in sense 2 usually ˈslīv- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English slivere, from sliven to slive + -ere -er


a. : a long slender piece cut or torn off : splinter

a piece of apple pie with a sliver of cheese on top — F.C.Othman

was building up the fire with split logs and pine slivers — William Faulkner

b. : something that is small and narrow : fragment

the initial quarrel over the slivers of land was intense — Foreign Policy Bulletin

a sliver of an apartment in an old-fashioned small hotel — Mollie Panter-Downes

c. : a piece of bait sliced from a small fish



(1) : a loose soft untwisted strand or rope of textile fiber produced by a carding or combing machine and ready for drawing or roving

(2) : a similar strand of wool fiber delivered by a carding machine and ready to be spun into yarn

b. : an untwisted strand of glass fibers produced from molten glass

II. ˈslivə(r), ˈslīv- verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. obsolete : to cut off in the form of a sliver

slips of yew, slivered in the moon's eclipse — Shakespeare

2. : to cut into slivers : reduce to slivers : slice , splinter

chopped the broccoli and slivered the salad — Grace Reiten

3. : to cut slivers from (a fish)

helped … to sliver porgies for the trawls — Sarah O. Jewett

intransitive verb

: to become split into slivers

the war decided that the United States should not sliver into two, three, or four fragments — Allan Nevins

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