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v. split, split·ting, splits
a. To divide (something) from end to end, into layers, or along the grain: split the log down the middle. See Synonyms at tear1.
b. To cause to be split unintentionally: split my pants laughing.
c. To cause to undergo nuclear fission or division into elements: splitting atomic nuclei with neutrons; splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.
d. To affect with force in a way that suggests tearing apart: A lightning bolt split the night sky.
a. To separate (people or groups, for example); disunite.
b. Sports To advance between (a pair of defenders) when trying to score.
3. To divide and share: split a dessert.
4. To divide, as for convenience or proper ordering: split the project up into stages.
5. To separate (leather, for example) into layers.
6. To mark (a vote or ballot) in favor of candidates from different parties.
7. To divide (a company's stock) by issuing multiples of the existing shares with a corresponding reduction in the price of each share, so that the total value of the stock is unchanged.
8. Sports To win half the games of (a series or double-header).
9. Slang To depart from; leave: a mobster who suddenly split town.
a. To become separated into parts, especially to undergo lengthwise division: The pants split along the seam.
b. To undergo nuclear fission or break into atomic components: A neutron is given off when the nucleus splits.
2. To be or admit of being divided: Let's split up into teams. This poem doesn't split up into stanzas very well.
3. Informal To become divided or part company as a result of discord or disagreement: She split with the regular party organization. They split up after a year of marriage.
4. Slang To depart; leave: All the older kids have split to go dancing.
1. The act of splitting or the result of it.
2. A breach or rupture in a group: a split that threatened the unity of the political party.
3. The division of a company's stock by issuing multiples of the existing shares with a corresponding reduction in the price of each share.
4. A thing that is formed by splitting, such as a strip of flexible wood used for making baskets.
5. A dessert of sliced fruit, ice cream, and toppings.
6. Sports
a. The recorded time for an interval or segment of a race.
b. An arrangement of bowling pins left standing after a bowl, in which two or more pins remain standing with one or more pins between them knocked down.
c. often splits An acrobatic feat in which the legs are stretched out straight in opposite directions at right angles to the trunk.
7. A wine bottle that is typically one quarter the standard size.
8. A single thickness of a split hide.
1. Having been divided or separated.
2. Fissured longitudinally; cleft.
split hairs
To see or make trivial distinctions; quibble.
split one's sides
To laugh heartily.
split the difference
To take half of a disputed amount as a compromise.

[Dutch splitten, from Middle Dutch.]


A city of southwest Croatia on the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Founded as a Roman colony, it later grew around a palace built by Diocletian in the early fourth century ad.
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(Gymnastics) (functioning as singular) (in gymnastics, etc) the act of sinking to the floor to achieve a sitting position in which both legs are straight, pointing in opposite directions, and at right angles to the body
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I could n't stand against this, and withdrew with her to a neighboring house, where I had been but a few minutes before the hellish crew fell upon my house with the rage of devils, and in a moment with axes split down the doors and entered.
THE WOODCUTTER cut down a Mountain Oak and split it in pieces, making wedges of its own branches for dividing the trunk.
But whatever may be our situation, whether firmly united under one national government, or split into a number of confederacies, certain it is, that foreign nations will know and view it exactly as it is; and they will act toward us accordingly.
While this bankruptcy of the Circling Brothers had been the greatest financial achievement of Harris Collin's life, nevertheless he enjoyed no mean permanent income from his plant, and, in addition, split fees with the owners of his board animals when he sent them to the winter Hippodrome shows, and, more often than not, failed to split any fee at all when he rented the animals to moving-picture companies.
"It happens that I expect visitors," said Levin, his strong fingers more and more rapidly breaking off the ends of the split stick.
I shouted from aloft till my head was ready to split. I was heard aft, and we managed to clear the sunken floe which had come all the way from the Southern ice-cap to have a try at our unsuspecting lives.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit; The helmsman steered us through!
They split them open and put them in the sun to dry.
You and Danny split, twenty per cent goin' to you, an' eighty to Danny.
It is in reality for my own sake, that, while I am discovering the rocks on which innocence and goodness often split, I may not be misunderstood to recommend the very means to my worthy readers, by which I intend to show them they will be undone.
That's what all you gentlemen split on, first and last.
And Jerry's nose told him of how the stream of the fugitives had split and flooded past on each side and flowed together again beyond.