Etymology
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sliver (n.)

"splinter of wood," late 14c., from obsolete verb sliven "to split, cleave," from Old English toslifan "to split, cleave" (see sleave).

updated on October 12, 2013

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Definitions of sliver from WordNet
1
sliver (v.)
divide into slivers or splinters;
Synonyms: splinter
sliver (v.)
break up into splinters or slivers;
Synonyms: splinter
sliver (v.)
form into slivers;
sliver wood
2
sliver (n.)
a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal;
it broke into slivers
Synonyms: splinter
sliver (n.)
a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something;
Synonyms: paring / shaving
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