• (British) IPA: /ˈslɪv.əː/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈslɪ.vɚ/

sliver (plural slivers)

  1. A long piece cut or rent off; a sharp, slender fragment; a splinter.
    • 2013, J. M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus. Melbourne, Australia: The Text Publishing Company. chapter 27. p. 270.
      A sliver of bone has punctured a lung, and a small surgical operation was needed to remove it (would he like to keep the bone as a memento?--it is in a phial by his bedside).
    1. (regional US) Specifically, a splinter caught under the skin.
  2. A strand, or slender roll, of cotton or other fiber in a loose, untwisted state, produced by a carding machine and ready for the roving or slubbing which precedes spinning.
  3. (fishing) Bait made of pieces of small fish. Compare kibblings.
  4. (US, New York) A narrow high-rise apartment building.
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  • German: Band, Faserband
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sliver (slivers, present participle slivering; past and past participle slivered)

  1. (transitive) To cut or divide into long, thin pieces, or into very small pieces; to cut or rend lengthwise; to slit.
    to sliver wood
    • 1814 July 6, [Walter Scott], Waverley; or, ’Tis Sixty Years Since. In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 270129598 ↗:

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