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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Noun sliver has 2 senses

Verb sliver has 3 senses


sliverv. t. [See Slive, v. t.].
     To cut or divide into long, thin pieces, or into very small pieces; to cut or rend lengthwise; to slit; as, to sliver wood.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
    "They 'll sliver thee like a turnip."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A long piece cut or rent off; a sharp, slender fragment, as of glass; a splinter.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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 preceeds spinning.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Bait made of pieces of small fish. Cf. Kibblings.  Bartlett.  [1913 Webster]


sliver, n. & v.
1 a long thin piece cut or split off.
2 a piece of wood torn from a tree or from timber.
3 a splinter, esp. from an exploded shell.
4 a strip of loose textile fibres after carding.
--v.tr. & intr.
1 break off as a sliver.
2 break up into slivers.
3 form into slivers.

ME, rel. to slive cleave (now dial.) f. OE



bit, black sheep, blemish, butt, carve, chip, chunk, clip, clipping, collop, crumb, cut, cutting, dollop, end, flake, foreign body, foreign intruder, fragment, gob, gobbet, haggle, hunk, impurity, intruder, lump, misfit, modicum, moiety, monkey wrench, morceau, morsel, mote, nip, oddball, paring, particle, patch, piece, rasher, scoop, scrap, shard, shave, shaving, shiver, shred, slice, slip, smithereen, snack, snatch, snick, snip, snippet, speck, splinter, stitch, stone, stump, tag, tatter, weed




N smallness, littleness, tenuity, paucity, fewness, meanness, insignificance (unimportance), mediocrity, moderation, small quantity, modicum, trace, hint, minimum, vanishing point, material point, atom, particle, molecule, corpuscle, point, speck, dot, mote, jot, iota, ace, minutiae, details, look, thought, idea, soupcon, dab, dight, whit, tittle, shade, shadow, spark, scintilla, gleam, touch, cast, grain, scruple, granule, globule, minim, sup, sip, sop, spice, drop, droplet, sprinkling, dash, morceau, screed, smack, tinge, tincture, inch, patch, scantling, tatter, cantlet, flitter, gobbet, mite, bit, morsel, crumb, seed, fritter, shive, snip, snippet, snick, snack, snatch, slip, scrag, chip, chipping, shiver, sliver, driblet, clipping, paring, shaving, hair, nutshell, thimbleful, spoonful, handful, capful, mouthful, fragment, fraction, drop in the ocean, animalcule, trifle, mere nothing, next to nothing, hardly anything, just enough to swear by, the shadow of a shade, finiteness, finite quantity, small, little, diminutive, minute, fine, inconsiderable, paltry, faint, slender, light, slight, scanty, scant, limited, meager, sparing, few, low, so-so, middling, tolerable, no great shakes, below par, under par, below the mark, at a low ebb, halfway, moderate, modest, tender, subtle, inappreciable, evanescent, infinitesimal, homeopathic, very small, atomic, corpuscular, microscopic, molecular, subatomic, mere, simple, sheer, stark, bare, near run, dull, petty, shallow, stolid, ungifted, unintelligent, to a small extent, on a small scale, a little bit, a wee bit, slightly, imperceptibly, miserably, wretchedly, insufficiently, imperfectly, faintly, passably, pretty well, well enough, partially, in part, in a certain degree, to a certain degree, to a certain extent, comparatively, some, rather in some degree, in some measure, something, somewhat, simply, only, purely, merely, at least, at the least, at most, at the most, ever so little, as little as may be, tant soit peu, in ever so small a degree, thus far, pro tanto, within bounds, in a manner, after a fashion, so to speak, almost, nearly, well-nigh, short of, not quite, all but, near upon, close upon, peu s'en faut, near the mark, within an ace of, within an inch of, on the brink of, scarcely, hardly, barely, only just, no more than, about, thereabouts, somewhere about, nearly, say, be the same, be little more or less, no ways, no way, no wise, not at all, not in the least, not a bit, not a bit of it, not a whit, not a jot, not a shadow, in no wise, in no respect, by no means, by no manner of means, on no account, at no hand, dare pondus idonea fumo, magno conatu magnas nugas, small sands the mountain, moments make the year.

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