- 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 sl&imacron;fan.
- 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")).