• WordNet 3.6
    • v slit cut a slit into "slit the throat of the victim"
    • v slit make a clean cut through "slit her throat"
    • n slit a long narrow opening
    • n slit obscene terms for female genitals
    • n slit a narrow fissure
    • n slit a depression scratched or carved into a surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Romans defeated Hannibal's elephants after they found that the elephants were afraid of the smell of horse blood. On the battlefield they slit the throats of their own horses in order to cause the enemy's mounts to panic.
    • Slit 3d. pers. sing. pres. of Slide.
    • n Slit A long cut; a narrow opening; as, a slit in the ear.
    • Slit To cut lengthwise; to cut into long pieces or strips; as, to slit iron bars into nail rods; to slit leather into straps.
    • Slit To cut or make a long fissure in or upon; as, to slit the ear or the nose.
    • Slit To cut; to sever; to divide. "And slits the thin-spun life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slit To cut asunder; cleave; split; rend; sever.
    • slit To cut lengthwise or into long pieces or strips: as, the gale has slit the sails into ribbons.
    • slit To cut or make a long fissure in; slash.
    • n slit A long cut or rent; a narrow opening.
    • n slit A pocket.
    • n slit A cleft or crack in the breast of fat cattle.
    • n slit In coal-mining, a short heading connecting two other headings.
    • n slit Specifically, in zoöl., anat., and embryology, a visceral cleft; one of the series of paired (right and left) openings in the front and sides of the head and neck of every vertebrate embryo, some of which or all may disappear, or some of which may persist as gill-slits or their equivalents; a branchial, pharyngeal, etc., slit. These slits occur between any two visceral arches of each side; more or fewer of them persist in all branchiate vertebrates. See under cleft, and cut under amnion.
    • n slit A Middle English contracted form of slideth, third person singular present indicative of slide.
    • n slit In optics, the narrow opening through which a beam of light is admitted into the tube of a spectroscope or other optical instrument.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Slit slit to cut lengthwise: to split: to cut into strips
    • pr.p Slit slit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. slit
    • n Slit a long cut: a narrow opening
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slitten, fr. sliten, AS. stītan, to tear; akin to D. slijten, to wear out, G. schleissen, to slit, split, OHG. slīzan, to split, tear, wear out, Icel. stīta, to break, tear, wear out, Sw. slita, Dan. slide,. Cf. Eclat Slate (n.) Slice


In literature:

Instead, he slits open the serape in front of her face, tossing the severed edges back beyond her cheeks.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
The only light that comes in passes through a slit in the door.
"The Inmate Of The Dungeon" by W. C. Morrow
Two vertical nose slits.
"Missing Link" by Frank Patrick Herbert
If I thought you'd done that on purpose I'd slit your throat from ear to ear and leave you.
"The Dude Wrangler" by Caroline Lockhart
Close that window all but the narrow slit.
"The Dingo Boys" by G. Manville Fenn
Her eyes had narrowed into little slits and her upper lip was drawn back showing an even row of glistening teeth.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
Now, cut slits in the folded paper, first a slit on one side, and then a slit on the other, as in Fig.
"Little Folks' Handy Book" by Lina Beard
Taking his knife, the boy slit the leg of the corduroy trousers, and then carefully rolled the woolen sock down.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
I tried the slit in several places, and still touched what appeared to be a bale of linen.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
For Dukla Pass, as he had heard, was but a slit in the mountains, which the Austrians could easily defend.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs

In poetry:

Flype ’em, slit ’em, twist ’em,
Lop-looped laps of paper;
Setting out the system
By the bones of Neper.
"Cats Cradle Song," by James Clerk Maxwell
Red heavens and slaughter-red
The marsh to west and east;
Seven slits of sky, seven casements high,
Flare on the blood-red feast.
"Death In Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
I clomb full high the belfry tower
Up to yon arrow-slit, up and away,
I said 'let me look on my heart's fair flower
In the walled garden where she doth play.'
"An Arrow-Slit" by Jean Ingelow
A man went down to Panama
Where many a man had died
To slit the sliding mountains
And lift the eternal tide:
A man stood up in Panama,
And the mountains stood aside.
"Goethals, The Prophet Engineer" by Percy MacKaye
But they've taken his enemy from him
And left him only his libidinousness,
His nostrils turning back, to sniff at even himself
And his slitted eyes seeking the needle's eye,
His own, unthreaded, forever.
"He-Goat" by D H Lawrence
There is an eye, there was a slit.
Nights walk, and confer on him fear.
The strangler tree, the dancing mouse
confound his vision; then they loosen it.
Henry widens. How did Henry House
himself ever come here?
"Dream Song 12: Sabbath" by John Berryman

In news:

Tacoma brothers stabbed, slit throat of teen victim.
Duchess Of Cambridge, Kate Middleton Wows In Thigh High Slit Dress.
Elderly woman attempts to slit 21-year-old's throat at funeral home.
The thigh's the limit for several stars who have hit the red carpet in dresses featuring jaw-dropping slits .
To add to his collection of body artwork, including his Pink Floyd tat, Cudi showed off his grisly new tattoo of slit wrists.
'How can your group slit infant's throat?'.
Mother ID's man she says slit her throat.
Montrose High teen's throat slit in packed hall.
Its in-line machine design eliminates the need to turn the case when slitting the tablocks on incoming cases.
Reportedly, the unit can be mounted on any production line and perform a variety of tasks from simple slitting to motorized slitter functions that cut dense materials.
Man accused of slitting dog's throat.
Man accused of slitting man's throat.
Montana Man Accused of Slitting Fairbanks Man's Throat.
A Montana man is being held on assault charges after allegedly slitting the throat of a man at a bar.
Make a small slit in either side of the mask.

In science:

This allowed us to correct for slit losses (see Section 2.4).
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
This shows that performing relative spectroscopy by the inclusion of a second star on the slit works well.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
The fiber slit is constructed so that fibers in the slit come from adjacent areas on the sky.
SPIRAL Phase A: A Prototype Integral Field Spectrograph for the AAT
But, this ob jection can be answered by considering the overlapping of each particle’s two Gaussian wave functions which are generated at the two near slits.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
An expanded view of the 4 MDRS slit positions is shown in the inset.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop