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split adj
1 being divided or separated; "split between love and hate"
2 having been divided; having the unity destroyed; "Congress...gave the impression of...a confusing sum of disconnected local forces"-Samuel Lubell; "a league of disunited nations"- E.B.White; "a fragmented coalition"; "a split group" [syn: disconnected, disunited, fragmented]
3 broken or burst apart longitudinally; "after the thunderstorm we found a tree with a split trunk"; "they tore big juicy chunks from the heart of the split watermelon"
4 having a long rip or tear; "a split lip" [syn: cut]
5 (especially of wood) cut or ripped longitudinally with the grain; "we bought split logs for the fireplace"


1 extending the legs at right angles to the trunks (one in front and the other in back)
2 a bottle containing half the usual amount
3 a promised or claimed share of loot or money; "he demanded his split before they disbanded"
4 a lengthwise crack in wood; "he inserted the wedge into a split in the log"
5 an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings" [syn: rip, rent, snag, tear]
6 an old Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea
7 a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream covered with whipped cream and cherries and nuts
8 (tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl; "he was winning until he got a split in the tenth frame"
9 an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity; "they announced a two-for-one split of the common stock" [syn: stock split, split up]
10 the act of rending or ripping or splitting something; "he gave the envelope a vigorous rip" [syn: rent, rip]
11 division of a group into opposing factions; "another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy" [syn: schism]


1 separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I" [syn: divide, split up, separate, dissever, carve up] [ant: unite]
2 separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone" [syn: cleave, rive]
3 discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up" [syn: separate, part, split up, break, break up]
4 go one's own away; move apart; "The friends separated after the party" [syn: separate, part]
5 break open or apart suddenly; "The bubble burst" [syn: burst, break open] [also: splitting]splitting adj : resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree; "the tree split with a great ripping sound"; "heard a rending roar as the crowd surged forward" [syn: rending, ripping]splitting See split

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. action of the verb to split
  2. the cleavage of a covalent bond


  1. resembling the sound of something being split or ripped
  2. severe
    I have a splitting headache.


  1. present participle of split

Extensive Definition

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splitting in German: Splitting

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