- a thin, sharp piece that has been cut, split, or broken off something; splinter
- any slender fragment or portion: the cresecent moon was a sliver of light
- a loose, thin, continuous fiber or strand, as of wool or flax after carding, ready to be drawn and twisted
Origin of sliverMiddle English slivere from sliven, to cut, cleave from Old English slifan, to split from Indo-European an unverified form skleip- from base an unverified form (s)kel-: see slit
- A slender piece cut, split, or broken off; a splinter: slivers of broken glass.
- A small narrow piece, portion, or plot: a sliver of land.
- A continuous strand of loose fiber, such as wool, flax, silk, or cotton, ready to be roved or spun.
tr. & intr.v.sliv·ered, sliv·er·ing, sliv·ers
Origin of sliverMiddle English slivere from sliven to split from Old English slīfan
- A long piece cut or rent off; a sharp, slender fragment; a splinter.
- 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.
- Bait made of pieces of small fish. Compare kibblings.
- (US, New York) A narrow high-rise apartment building.
(third-person singular simple present slivers, present participle slivering, simple past and past participle slivered)
- To cut or divide into long, thin pieces, or into very small pieces; to cut or rend lengthwise; to slit.
- to sliver wood
Middle English slivere, sliver from Middle English sliven (“to cut, cleave, split"), from Old English -slÄ«fan (as in tÅslÄ«fan (“to split, split up")).