Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To cut lengthwise; to cut into long pieces or strips;
slitiron bars into nail rods; to
slitleather into straps.
To cut or make a long fissure in or upon;
slitthe ear or the nose
To cut; to sever; to divide.
slitsthe thin-spun life.
A long cut; a narrow opening;
slitin the ear
Gill opening, under
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To cut lengthwise; to cut into long pieces or strips; as, to slit iron bard into nail rods.
2.To cut or make a long fissure; as, to slit the ear or tongue, or the nose.
3.To cut in general.
4.To rend; to split.
1.A long cut; or a narrow opening; as a slit in the ear.
2.A cleft or crack in the breast of cattle.
slit (plural slits)
- A narrow cut or opening; a slot.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, in The China Governess:
- The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue. […].
- (vulgar, slang) The opening of the ****.
- (vulgar, slang, derogatory) A woman, usually a sexually loose woman; a prostitute.
narrow cut or opening; a slot
vulgar, slang: opening of the ****
vulgar, slang: a derogatory name for a woman, usually a sexually loose woman; a prostitute
slit (third-person singular simple present slits, present participle slitting, simple past slit, past participle slit or slitten)
- To cut a narrow opening.
- He slit the bag open and the rice began pouring out.
- To split in two parts.
- (transitive) To cut; to sever; to divide.
- And slits the thin-spun life.
split into two parts
slit (not comparable)
- Having a cut narrow opening
From Old Norse *slit.
slit n (genitive singular slits, no plural)
- imperative of slite