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sliv·er

 (slĭv′ər)
n.
1. A slender piece cut, split, or broken off; a splinter: slivers of broken glass.
2. A small narrow piece, portion, or plot: a sliver of land.
3. 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
To split or become split into slivers.

[Middle English slivere, from sliven, to split, from Old English slīfan.]

sliver

(ˈslɪvə)
n
1. a thin piece that is cut or broken off lengthwise; splinter
2. (Textiles) a loose strand or fibre obtained by carding
vb
3. to divide or be divided into splinters; split
4. (Textiles) (tr) to form (wool, etc) into slivers
[C14: from sliven to split]
ˈsliver-ˌlike adj

sliv•er

(ˈslɪv ər)

n.
1. a small, slender, often sharp piece, as of wood or glass; splinter.
2. any small, narrow piece or portion.
3. a strand of loose, untwisted fibers produced in carding.
v.t.
4. to split or cut into slivers.
5. to form (textile fibers) into slivers.
v.i.
6. to split.
[1325–75; Middle English slivere (n.), derivative of sliven to split, Old English -slīfan (in tōslīfan to split up)]
sliv′er•like`, adj.

sliver


Past participle: slivered
Gerund: slivering

Imperative
sliver
sliver
Present
I sliver
you sliver
he/she/it slivers
we sliver
you sliver
they sliver
Preterite
I slivered
you slivered
he/she/it slivered
we slivered
you slivered
they slivered
Present Continuous
I am slivering
you are slivering
he/she/it is slivering
we are slivering
you are slivering
they are slivering
Present Perfect
I have slivered
you have slivered
he/she/it has slivered
we have slivered
you have slivered
they have slivered
Past Continuous
I was slivering
you were slivering
he/she/it was slivering
we were slivering
you were slivering
they were slivering
Past Perfect
I had slivered
you had slivered
he/she/it had slivered
we had slivered
you had slivered
they had slivered
Future
I will sliver
you will sliver
he/she/it will sliver
we will sliver
you will sliver
they will sliver
Future Perfect
I will have slivered
you will have slivered
he/she/it will have slivered
we will have slivered
you will have slivered
they will have slivered
Future Continuous
I will be slivering
you will be slivering
he/she/it will be slivering
we will be slivering
you will be slivering
they will be slivering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been slivering
you have been slivering
he/she/it has been slivering
we have been slivering
you have been slivering
they have been slivering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been slivering
you will have been slivering
he/she/it will have been slivering
we will have been slivering
you will have been slivering
they will have been slivering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been slivering
you had been slivering
he/she/it had been slivering
we had been slivering
you had been slivering
they had been slivering
Conditional
I would sliver
you would sliver
he/she/it would sliver
we would sliver
you would sliver
they would sliver
Past Conditional
I would have slivered
you would have slivered
he/she/it would have slivered
we would have slivered
you would have slivered
they would have slivered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sliver - a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal; "he got a splinter in his finger"; "it broke into slivers"
chip, fleck, scrap, bit, flake - a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
2.sliver - a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from somethingsliver - a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something
fragment - a piece broken off or cut off of something else; "a fragment of rock"
splint - a thin sliver of wood; "he lit the fire with a burning splint"
turning - a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe
Verb1.sliver - divide into slivers or splinters
carve up, dissever, divide, split, split up, separate - separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
2.sliver - break up into splinters or slivers; "The wood splintered"
fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize, break up - break or cause to break into pieces; "The plate fragmented"
3.sliver - form into slivers; "sliver wood"
shape, form - give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"

sliver

noun shred, fragment, splinter, slip, shaving, flake, paring A sliver of glass was embedded in the skin.
Translations

sliver

[ˈslɪvəʳ] Nlonja f, tajada f; [of wood] → astilla f

sliver

[ˈslɪvər] n
[glass, wood] → éclat m
[cheese, sausage] → petit morceau m

sliver

n (of wood, glass etc)Splitter m; (= thin slice)Scheibchen nt

sliver

[ˈslɪvəʳ] n (of glass, wood) → scheggia; (of cheese, sausage) → fettina

sliver

n astilla
References in classic literature ?
After I had finished, I got him to lend me a little ink from his veins; and with this and a sliver I wrote on a piece of bark --
When old Marheyo received his share of the spoils, immediate preparations were made for a midnight banquet; calabashes of poee-poee were filled to the brim; green bread-fruit were roasted; and a huge cake of 'amar' was cut up with a sliver of bamboo and laid out on an immense banana-leaf.
This they left pinned to the inside wall of the hut with a little sliver of wood.
By dint of much labour he managed to chip off a narrow sliver some twelve inches long by a quarter of an inch thick.
And Harris Collins, a sliver of a less than a light-weight man, who lived in mortal fear that at table the mother of his children would crown him with a plate of hot soup, went into the cage, before the critical audience of his employees and professional visitors, armed only with a broom-handle.
In his hand he had a stone knife--you know, a thin, sharp sliver of some obsidian- like stuff same as they make arrow-heads out of.
Gunto bit a sliver from a horny finger and recalled the fact that Tarzan had once said that the trees talked to one another, and Gozan recounted having seen the ape-man dancing alone in the moonlight with Sheeta, the panther.
I fed it, shaving by shaving, and sliver by sliver, till at last it was snapping and crackling as it laid hold of the smaller chips and sticks.
Sam's palm-leaf had been ingeniously disentangled from all pretensions to braid, as respects its brim; and the slivers starting apart, and standing upright, gave it a blazing air of freedom and defiance, quite equal to that of any Fejee chief; while the whole brim of Andy's being departed bodily, he rapped the crown on his head with a dexterous thump, and looked about well pleased, as if to say, "Who says I haven't got a hat?
They clambered up the Council Rock together, and Mowgli spread the skin out on the flat stone where Akela used to sit, and pegged it down with four slivers of bamboo, and Akela lay down upon it, and called the old call to the Council, "Look--look well, O Wolves," exactly as he had called when Mowgli was first brought there.
No, there was something mysterious connected with these tiny slivers of wood which could bring death by a mere scratch.
She had thought my rifle and pistol wonderful; but these tiny slivers of wood which from a magic rub brought flame to the camp hearth were indeed miracles to her.