• WordNet 3.6
    • adj split (especially of wood) cut or ripped longitudinally with the grain "we bought split logs for the fireplace"
    • adj split 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"
    • v split come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure "The bubble burst"
    • v split separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument "cleave the bone"
    • v split go one's own way; move apart "The friends separated after the party"
    • v split 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"
    • v split separate into parts or portions "divide the cake into three equal parts","The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
    • n split division of a group into opposing factions "another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy"
    • n split the act of rending or ripping or splitting something "he gave the envelope a vigorous rip"
    • n split extending the legs at right angles to the trunk (one in front and the other in back)
    • n split 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"
    • n split (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"
    • n split a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream covered with whipped cream and cherries and nuts
    • n Split an old Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea
    • n split an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart "there was a rip in his pants","she had snags in her stockings"
    • n split a lengthwise crack in wood "he inserted the wedge into a split in the log"
    • n split a promised or claimed share of loot or money "he demanded his split before they disbanded"
    • n split a bottle containing half the usual amount
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sang So Loud You Would Think he Would Split Hisself 333 Sang So Loud You Would Think he Would Split Hisself 333

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At one time the earth consisted of one land mass and a huge body of water. Geologists today call the land Pangaea (from the Greek words "all land"), while the water was called Panthalassa (from the Greek words "all sea"). Between 180 and 200 million years ago, Pangaea split into two parts: Laurasia, which consisted of North America, Europe and Asia; and Gondwanaland, which consisted of Africa, South America, India, Antarctica and Australia.
    • Split A breach or separation, as in a political party; a division.
    • Split A crack, rent, or longitudinal fissure.
    • Split (Faro) A division of a stake happening when two cards of the kind on which the stake is laid are dealt in the same turn.
    • Split A piece that is split off, or made thin, by splitting; a splinter; a fragment.
    • Split A small bottle (containing about half a pint) of some drink; -- so called as containing half the quantity of the customary smaller commercial size of bottle; also, a drink of half the usual quantity; a half glass.
    • Split Any of the air currents in a mine formed by dividing a larger current.
    • Split Any of the dents of a reed.
    • Split Any of the three or four strips into which osiers are commonly cleft for certain kinds of work; -- usually in pl.
    • Split (Exchanges) Designating ordinary stock that has been divided into preferred ordinary and deferred ordinary.
    • Split (Bot) Divided deeply; cleft.
    • Split (Exchanges) Divided so as to be done or executed part at one time or price and part at another time or price; -- said of an order, sale, etc.
    • Split Divided; cleft.
    • Split (Exchanges) Of quotations, given in sixteenth, quotations in eighths being regular; as, 103/16 is a split quotation.
    • Split (Leather Manuf) One of the sections of a skin made by dividing it into two or more thicknesses.
    • Split Short for Split shot or split stroke.
    • Split (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 split6}, v.i.
    • Split (Gymnastics) The feat of going down to the floor so that the legs extend in a straight line, either with one on each side or with one in front and the other behind.
    • Split (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 .
    • Split To be broken; to be dashed to pieces. "The ship splits on the rock."
    • Split To burst with laughter. "Each had a gravity would make you split ."
    • Split To burst; to rupture; to rend; to tear asunder. "A huge vessel of exceeding hard marble split asunder by congealed water."
    • Split To divide lengthwise; to separate from end to end, esp. by force; to divide in the direction of the grain or layers; to rive; to cleave; as, to split a piece of timber or a board; to split a gem; to split a sheepskin. "Cold winter split the rocks in twain."
    • Split (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.
    • Split To divide or break up into parts or divisions, as by discord; to separate into parts or parties, as a political party; to disunite.
    • Split (Chem) To divide or separate into components; -- often used with up; as, to split up sugar into alcohol and carbonic acid.
    • Split To divulge a secret; to betray confidence; to peach.
    • Split To leave; to depart (from a place or gathering); as, let's split .
    • Split To part asunder; to be rent; to burst; as, vessels split by the freezing of water in them.
    • Split To separate into parties or factions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bananas are one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant. If left on the plant, the fruit splits open and the pulp has a "cottony" texture and flavor. Even in tropical growing areas, bananas for domestic consumption are cut green and stored in moist shady places to ripen slowly.
    • split To cleave or rend lengthwise; separate or part in two from end to end forcibly or by cutting; rive; cleave.
    • split To tear asunder by violence; burst; rend: as, to split a rock or a sail.
    • split To divide; break into parts.
    • split To cause division or disunion in; separate or cause to separate into parts or parties, as by discord.
    • split In leather manufacturing, to divide (a skin) parallel with one of its surfaces. See splitting-machine.
    • split In coal-mining, to divide (a current of air passing through any part of a mine) so that various districts, as required, shall be supplied.
    • split = Syn. 1–3. Tear, Cleave, etc. See rend.
    • split To break or part lengthwise; suffer longitudinal division; become divided or cleft: as, timber that splits easily.
    • split To part asunder; suffer disruption; burst; break in pieces: as, the sails split in the gale.
    • split Figuratively, to burst with laughter.
    • split To differ; separate; disagree.
    • split To divulge secrets; inform upon one's accomplices; betray confidence.
    • split To vote for candidates of opposite parties. See to split one's votes, under I.
    • split To run or walk with long strides.
    • n split A splinter; a fragment; a sliver.
    • n split One of a number of short flat strips of steel, cane, etc., placed in vertical parallel order at small distances from one another in a frame to form the reed of a loom. The threads of the web are passed through the splits, which beat up the weft to compact the fabric.
    • n split An osier, or willow twig, split so as to have one side flat, used in basket-making in certain parts of the work.
    • n split A lath-like strip of bog-fir used in the rural districts of Ireland as a candle or torch.
    • n split plural In leather manufacturing, skins which have been separated into two layers by the cutting-machine.
    • n split A crack, rent, or longitudinal fissure.
    • n split A division or separation, as in a political party; a schism; a breach: as, there is a split in the cabinet.
    • n split Same as split stroke. See split, p. a.
    • n split In printing, a small spindle placed below the carriage of a printing-press, about which leather belts wind in opposite directions and lead to opposite ends of the carriage. By turning this spindle by a crank attached, the carriage is moved in or out.
    • n split plural Among acrobats, the feat of going down on the ground with each leg extended laterally: as, to do the splits.
    • n split An occasion for splitting or dividing that which could otherwise be claimed by one person: thus, in faro, a split occurs when two cards of the same value appear together, and the better loses half of his stake.
    • n split A split fish: as, Nova Scotia splits: a trade-name.
    • n split A division of the air-current in a coalmine.
    • n split A small or half bottle of aërated water; also, a half glass of brandy or the like.
    • split Divided; separated; rent; fractured.
    • split In botany, deeply divided into segments; cleft.
    • split Opened, dressed, and cured, as fish: opposed to round.
    • split In agriculture, same as cleave, 4.
    • split In faro, to divide (a bet). When two cards of the same denomination come out of the box on the same turn, the banker splits all bets on that card, taking half the amount for himself.
    • n split In glass-cutting, an acute-angled cut made by a mitered wheel.
    • split In whist, noting a hand which contains four trumps and three of each of the plain suits.
    • split In glass manufacturing, said of a cut made by a mitered wheel and showing an acute angle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Hara kiri" is an impolite way of saying the Japanese word "seppuku" which means, literally, "belly splitting."
    • v.t Split split to cleave lengthwise: to tear asunder violently: to divide: to throw into discord
    • v.i Split 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 Split a crack or rent lengthwise: a schism: a half-bottle of aerated water, a half-glass of spirits:
    • n Split (pl.) the acrobatic feat of going down to the floor with the legs spread out laterally
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings.”
  • John Cantwell Kiley
    John Cantwell Kiley
    “The split in you is clear. There is a part of you that knows what it should do, and a part that does what it feels like doing.”
  • Will Rogers
    “The Republicans have their splits right after election and Democrats have theirs just before an election.”
  • Herbert Marcuse
    Herbert Marcuse
    “The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
    “Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
    “Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.”


Split hairs - If people split hairs, they concentrate on tiny and unimportant details to find fault with something.
Split the blanket - If people split the blanket, it means they get a divorce or end their relationship.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably of Scand. or Low German origin; cf. Dan. splitte, LG. splitten, OD. splitten, spletten, D. splijten, G. spleissen, MHG. splīzen,. Cf. Splice Splint Splinter


In literature:

Split burst into song.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson
For the skin was damaged in three places, and the nail of his left thumb was split in a painful way.
"The Lost Middy" by George Manville Fenn
The floor was composed of the mid-ribs of the sago-palm, split in two, and supported beneath by poles.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
On this framework they lay the split trunks of several smaller palms for flooring.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
The tops froze back a little and I had a little trouble with the bark splitting on the larger trees.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
My head is all but split.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
I want you to split every stick of wood you can find.
"The Tale of Peter Mink" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The mattress tick was split from head to foot and cotton spilling out on the floor.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
I figures it dat da 'Gink' has split with da bookies and is out to teach 'em to behave.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
My idea is to bring about a split between Slade and Cochise.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet

In poetry:

Sudden, as it were a monster oak
Split to yield a limb by stress of heat,
Strained he, staggered, broke
Doubled at their feet.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
And the winds with anthems ringing,
Cleaving clouds, and splitting seas,
Seem unto the People singing :
"Break your chains as we do these!"
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
With that I bear my senses fraught
Till what I am fast shoreward drives.
They are the vessel of the Thought.
The vessel splits, the Thought survives.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
The Drowned—who in the copse once stood
Waiting the Dead: to end both vows—
Heard, as we hear, the split of wood
And shrieking of the writhen boughs
"The Flower Of Flame" by Robert Nichols
There was an Old Man of Nepaul,
From his horse had a terrible fall;
But, though split quite in two,
By some very strong glue,
They mended that Man of Nepaul.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of Nepaul" by Edward Lear
FROM the squat tavern laughing to the east
He turned; within the murmuring babble
And red wine split on scattered roses there
Exhaled the waning glory of the feast.
"Omar Dead" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

Trey and Lexi split the stolen $100 with the Twins.
Democrats split on the issue as some walk out and others vote to hold AG in contempt.
A gubernatorial task force is split on one of the major issues concerning mountaintop removal mining: whether the final product meets the federal "approximate original contour " reclamation requirement.
Beginning in June, by my measurements, the tough-to-interesting ratio is pretty much split 50-50.
Self-described "mixtress" Gina Chersevani splits from PS7's.
Francis Howell Central senior Logan Jarus (8) splits a pair of Francis Howell defenders in the Spartans' 25-21, 25-21 win over the Vikings on Wednesday.
Members split on whether to hand project off to City Council.
City, county to meet this month to discuss split.
Will Jerry split 'Eastwick's' coven .
Cook until the skins split on most of cranberries .
Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider are a winning pair but the film suffers from a split personality.
In the warmups of a football game on Saturday, June 9 between the Mid-Missouri Outlaws and Kansas Koyotes, Outlaws kicker Derek Doerfler kicked the ball so hard, it hit the goal posts and split them at a 90 degree angle.
First Look At Heidi Klum After Split.
A Tablet With a Stylus and a Split Screen.
Wolves player rep Tolliver says NBA players split down middle.

In science:

We say that an abelian extension hχ, E , πi is split if π splits.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
It is easy to see that if E ∼ ˜E , then E splits iff ˜E splits.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
If p does not split into linear factors, extend scalars to a splitting field k ′ of p and apply the results above to A′ = k ′ ⊗k A ∼= k ′ [x]/(p).
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
We only need to change split complex Cayley numbers to either split real Cayley numbers Ca(R) or the division algebra of octonions O.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
Letting B be a subring of A, we say this presentation is B -split if it splits on restriction to B .
Clifford correspondence for algebras