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Princeton's WordNet

  1. splitnoun

    extending the legs at right angles to the trunk (one in front and the other in back)

  2. splitnoun

    a bottle containing half the usual amount

  3. splitnoun

    a promised or claimed share of loot or money

    "he demanded his split before they disbanded"

  4. splitnoun

    a lengthwise crack in wood

    "he inserted the wedge into a split in the log"

  5. rip, rent, snag, split, tearnoun

    an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

    "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings"

  6. Splitnoun

    an old Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea

  7. splitnoun

    a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream covered with whipped cream and cherries and nuts

  8. splitnoun

    (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. split, stock split, split upnoun

    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"

  10. rent, rip, splitnoun

    the act of rending or ripping or splitting something

    "he gave the envelope a vigorous rip"

  11. schism, splitadjective

    division of a group into opposing factions

    "another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy"

  12. disconnected, disunited, fragmented, splitadjective

    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"

  13. splitverb

    (especially of wood) cut or ripped longitudinally with the grain

    "we bought split logs for the fireplace"

  14. divide, split, split up, separate, dissever, carve upverb

    separate into parts or portions

    "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"

  15. cleave, split, riveverb

    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

    "cleave the bone"

  16. separate, part, split up, split, break, break upverb

    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"

  17. separate, part, splitverb

    go one's own way; move apart

    "The friends separated after the party"

  18. burst, split, break openverb

    come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure

    "The bubble burst"


  1. Splitverb

    (Blackjack) To divide one hand of blackjack into two hands; -- a strategy allowed to a player when the first two cards dealt to the player have the same value.

  2. Splitnoun

    (Finance) The substitution of more than one share of a corporation's stock for one share. The market price of the stock usually drops in proportion to the increase in outstanding shares of stock. The split may be in any ratio, as, a two-for-one split; a three-for-two split.

  3. Splitnoun

    (Blackjack) The division by a player of one hand of blackjack into two hands, allowed when the first two cards dealt to a player have the same value; the player who chooses to split is obliged to increase the amount wagered by placing a sum equal to the original bet on the new hand thus created. See split, v.i.


  1. splitnoun

    The acrobatic feat of spreading the legs flat on the floor 180 degrees apart, either sideways to the body or with one leg in front and one behind.

  2. splitnoun

    A split-finger fastball.

    He's got a nasty split.

  3. splitnoun

    A result of a first throw that leaves two or more pins standing with one or more pins between them knocked down.

  4. splitnoun

    A dessert or confection resembling a banana split.

  5. splitnoun

    A unit of measure used for champagne or other spirits: 18.75 centiliter or 1/4 quarter of a standard .75 liter bottle. Commercially comparable to 1/20th gallon, which is 1/2 of a fifth.

  6. splitnoun

    A bottle of wine containing 0.375 liters, 1/2 the volume of a standard .75 liter bottle; a demi.

  7. splitnoun

    The elapsed time at specific intermediate point(s) in a race.

    In the 3000m race, his 800m split was 1:45.32

  8. splitnoun

    A tear resulting from tensile stresses.

  9. splitverb

    Of something solid, to divide fully or partly along a more or less straight line.

    He has split his lip.

  10. splitverb

    To share; to divide.

    We split the money among three people

  11. splitverb

    To leave.

    Let's split this scene and see if we can find a real party.

  12. splitverb

    to separate or break up.

    Did you hear Dick and Jane split? They'll probably get a divorce.

  13. splitadjective

    See split .

    Republicans appear split on the centerpiece of Mr. Obama's economic recovery plan.

  14. splitadjective

    Having the middle group equal to the direct product of the others.

  15. splitadjective

    Comprising half decaffeinated and half caffeinated espresso.

  16. Splitnoun

    A port city in Croatia.

  17. Etymology: c. 1567, from splitten, from splītanan (compare Frisian/ splitte, spleißen), from (s)plei- 'to split, splice' (compare speld 'splinter', spaltan 'to split', sliss 'splinter', Latin spolium 'stripped hide', spaliai 'flax shives', Old Church Slavonic rasplatiti 'to cleave, split', Ancient Greek aspalon 'skin, hide', spólas 'flayed skin', Sanskrit sphaṭati 'it bursts').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SPLITverb

    pret. split.

    Etymology: spletten, splitten, Dutch.

    Do’t, and thou hast the one half of my heart;
    Do’t not, thou split’st thine own. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Mine own tongue splits what it speaks. William Shakespeare.

    That self-hand
    Hath, with the courage which the heart did lend it,
    Splitted the heart. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Wer’t thou serv’d up two in one dish, the rather
    To split thy sire into a double father? John Cleveland.

    When cold Winter split the rocks in twain,
    He stript the bearsfoot of its leafy growth. Dryden.

    A skull so hard, that it is almost as easy to split a helmet of iron as to make a fracture in it. John Ray, on the Creation.

    This effort is in some earthquakes so vehement, that it splits and tears the earth, making cracks or chasms in it some miles. John Woodward.

    Their logick has appeared the mere art of wrangling, and their metaphysicks the skill of splitting an hair, of distinguishing without a difference. Isaac Watts, Improv. of the Mind.

    One and the same ray is by refraction disturbed, shattered, dilated, and split, and spread into many diverging rays. Newt.

    He instances Luther’s sensuality and disobedience; two crimes which he has dealt with, and to make the more solemn shew he split ’em into twenty. Francis Atterbury.

    Oh, would it please the gods to split
    Thy beauty, size, and years, and wit,
    No age could furnish out a pair
    Of nymphs so graceful, wise, and fair;
    With half the lustre of your eyes,
    With half your wit, your years, and size. Jonathan Swift.

    God’s desertion, as a full and violent wind, drives him in an instant, not to the harbour, but on the rock where he will be irrecoverably split. Decay of Piety.

    Those who live by shores, with joy behold
    Some wealthy vessel split or stranded nigh;
    And from the rocks leap down for shipwreck’d gold,
    And seek the tempests which the others fly. Dryden.

    In states notoriously irreligious, a secret and irresistible power splits their counsels, and smites their most refined policies with frustration and a curse. Robert South, Sermons.

  2. To Splitverb

    A huge vessel of exceeding hard marble split asunder by congealed water. Boyle.

    What is’t to me,
    Who never sail on her unfaithful sea,
    If storms arise and clouds grow black,
    If the mast split, and threaten wrack? Dryden.

    The road that to the lungs this store transmits,
    Into unnumber’d narrow channels splits. Richard Blackmore.

    Each had a gravity would make you split,
    And shook his head at M —— y as a wit. Alexander Pope.

    After our ship did split,
    When you, and the poor number sav’d with you,
    Hung on our driving boat. William Shakespeare.

    These are the rocks on which the sanguine tribe of lovers daily split, and on which the politician, the alchymist, and projector are cast away. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    The seamen spied a rock, and the wind was so strong that we were driven directly upon it, and immediately split. Gulliv.


  1. Split

    Split is a song by industrial rock band KMFDM, released in 1991 between their albums Naïve and Money. The song reached No. 46 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs Chart in July 1991. The tracks on the single are also included on the singles compilation album, Extra, Vol. 1.


  1. split

    Split refers to the action or instance of dividing or separating something into two or more parts, or the state of being divided. It can also mean going in different directions, especially in terms of opinion or action. In addition, it could refer to flexible body movement in dance or gymnastics where an individual spreads their legs apart at 180-degree angle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Split

    of Split

  2. Splitverb

    to divide lengthwise; to separate from end to end, esp. by force; to divide in the direction of the grain layers; to rive; to cleave; as, to split a piece of timber or a board; to split a gem; to split a sheepskin

  3. Splitverb

    to burst; to rupture; to rend; to tear asunder

  4. Splitverb

    to divide or break up into parts or divisions, as by discord; to separate into parts or parties, as a political party; to disunite

  5. Splitverb

    to divide or separate into components; -- often used with up; as, to split up sugar into alcohol and carbonic acid

  6. Splitverb

    to part asunder; to be rent; to burst; as, vessels split by the freezing of water in them

  7. Splitverb

    to be broken; to be dashed to pieces

  8. Splitverb

    to separate into parties or factions

  9. Splitverb

    to burst with laughter

  10. Splitverb

    to divulge a secret; to betray confidence; to peach

  11. Splitverb

    to divide one hand of blackjack into two hands, allowed when the first two cards dealt to a player have the same value

  12. Splitnoun

    a crack, or longitudinal fissure

  13. Splitnoun

    a breach or separation, as in a political party; a division

  14. Splitnoun

    a piece that is split off, or made thin, by splitting; a splinter; a fragment

  15. Splitnoun

    specif (Leather Manuf.), one of the sections of a skin made by dividing it into two or more thicknesses

  16. Splitnoun

    a division of a stake happening when two cards of the kind on which the stake is laid are dealt in the same turn

  17. Splitnoun

    the substitution of more than one share of a corporation's stock for one share. The market price of the stock usually drops in proportion to the increase in outstanding shares of stock. The split may be in any ratio, as a two-for-one split; a three-for-two split

  18. Splitnoun

    the division by a player of one hand of blackjack into two hands, allowed when the first two cards dealt to a player have the same value; the player is usually obliged to increase the amount wagered by placing a sum equal to the original bet on the new hand thus created

  19. Splitadjective

    divided; cleft

  20. Splitadjective

    divided deeply; cleft

  21. Etymology: [Probably of Scand. or Low German origin; cf. Dan. splitte, LG. splitten, OD. splitten, spletten, D. splijten, G. spleissen, MHG. splzen. Cf. Splice, Splint, Splinter.]


  1. Split

    Split is a city in Dalmatia, on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, centred on the Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian. It is the second-largest city of Croatia, and the largest of the Dalmatian cities. Spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings, Split's greater area includes the neighboring seaside towns as well. An intraregional transport hub and popular tourist destination, the city is a link to numerous Adriatic islands and the Apennine peninsula. Split is one of the oldest cities in the area. While it is traditionally considered just over 1,700 years old counting from the construction of Diocletian's Palace in 305 CE, archaeological research relating to the original founding of the city as the Greek colony of Aspálathos in the 4th century BCE establishes the urban history of the area as being several centuries older. The city turned into a prominent settlement around 650 AD, when it became successor to the ancient capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia, Salona: as after the Sack of Salona by the Avars and Slavs, the fortified Palace of Diocletian was settled by the Roman refugees.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Split

    split, v.t. to cleave lengthwise: to tear asunder violently: to divide: to throw into discord.—v.i. to divide or part asunder: to be dashed to pieces: to divulge secrets: to vote for candidates of opposite parties: to burst with laughter:—pr.p. split′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. split.—n. a crack or rent lengthwise: a schism: a half-bottle of aerated water, a half-glass of spirits: (pl.) the acrobatic feat of going down to the floor with the legs spread out laterally.—adj. Split′-new (Scot.), brand-new.—n.pl. Split′-pease, husked pease split for making pea-soup, &c.—n. Split′ter, one who, or that which, splits: one who splits hairs in argument, &c.: (U.S.) a wheaten cake split and buttered when hot.—adj. Split′ting, very severe: very rapid.—Split on a rock, to meet some unforeseen and disastrous difficulty, to go to ruin; Split one's sides, to laugh immoderately; Split the difference, to divide equally the sum or matter in dispute, to take the mean. [Scand., Dan. splitte, to split; Dut. splijten; Ger. spleissen.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'split' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3992

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'split' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2201

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'split' in Verbs Frequency: #548

Anagrams for split »

  1. slipt

  2. spilt

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of split in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of split in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of split in a Sentence

  1. Pearl Buck:

    Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.

  2. Anand Menon:

    Is it Brexit or is it not? We don't know. Second, the election is as volatile as ever and, thirdly, the potential for tactical voting - and tactical voting to go wrong - is very high given the Leave-Remain split.

  3. Mario Morrow:

    You had nine people running, eight of which were African American, and one was Shri Thanedar, who was a man of color but Indian descent. The eight African American candidates split the vote among the Black community.

  4. Jonathan Aledda:

    I took this job to save lives and help people, i did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I'm not.

  5. Steve Brusatte:

    As Pangea split there were huge volcanic eruptions, about 200 million years ago, and these plunged the world into chaos: environmental destruction and rapid climate swings, the big amphibians couldn't cope well and many species went extinct, but dinosaurs and mammals made it through.

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Translations for split

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  • قسمArabic
  • escindir, repartir, separar, banyes, partir, dividirCatalan, Valencian
  • rozdělitCzech
  • holltiWelsh
  • Riss, Spagat, spalten, verteilen, abhauen, trennen, Spalt, Spaltung, aufteilenGerman
  • χωρίζω, σχίζω, σπαγγάτο, σπάω, ρήγμαGreek
  • fisura, escisión, dividir, partir, separar, espagat, escindir, repartirSpanish
  • jako, halkeama, repeämä, spagaatti, reikä, haljeta, lohkaista, puolipullo, puolikas, väliaika, splitti, haljas, halkaista, split, jakaaFinnish
  • grand écart, diviser, scinder, séparer, fendre, répartirFrench
  • scáin, scáineadh, scoilt, deighilIrish
  • dividir, separar, escindir, partir, repartirGalician
  • התחלק, חילק, נפרד, פיצל, עזבHebrew
  • hasít, szakítHungarian
  • klofnaIcelandic
  • spaccare, fendere, separare, spartire, dividere, scindereItalian
  • 小瓶, ハーフボトル, 開脚, 切断する, 分ける, 分断する, 股割り, スプリット, 割る, 切り離す, 別れる, 分離するJapanese
  • dispartior, divido, findo, dispartio, scindo, partior, separoLatin
  • šķeltLatvian
  • matakahiMāori
  • ခွဲBurmese
  • spagaat, split, verdelen, splitsen, grand écart, opsplitsenDutch
  • rozejść się, rozszczepiać, dzielić, rozdzielaćPolish
  • racha, partir, dividir, repartir, terminar, rachar fora, separar-se, cindir, deixarPortuguese
  • ch'iqtay, larayQuechua
  • sfender, divider, reparter, fender, separàRomansh
  • scinda, diviza, separa, spagatul, despica, spinteca, repartizaRomanian
  • расщепить, поделить, разделяться, расходиться, разойтись, щель, расщелина, разрыв, щепка, шпагат, делить, разделить, разделиться, раскол, расщеплять, ТрещинаRussian
  • flytta isär, spagat, hål, dela, skiljas, spricka, fragment, söndra, splittra, lämnaSwedish
  • yarık, bölünme, split, çatlakTurkish
  • розколUkrainian
  • findaxhe, finte, findeWalloon

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    A collation
    B rung
    C meerschaum
    D imperviousness

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