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English adjective: split

1. split having been divided; having the unity destroyed

SamplesCongress...gave the impression of...a confusing sum of disconnected local forces.
A league of disunited nations.
A fragmented coalition.
A split group.

Synonymsdisconnected, disunited, fragmented



2. split (especially of wood) cut or ripped longitudinally with the grain

SamplesWe bought split logs for the fireplace.



English noun: split

1. split (act) extending the legs at right angles to the trunk (one in front and the other in back)

Broader (hypernym)acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt

2. split (quantity) a bottle containing half the usual amount

Broader (hypernym)bottle, bottleful

3. split (possession) a promised or claimed share of loot or money

SamplesHe demanded his split before they disbanded.

Broader (hypernym)part, percentage, portion, share

4. split (object) a lengthwise crack in wood

SamplesHe inserted the wedge into a split in the log.

Broader (hypernym)cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure

5. split (object) an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

SamplesThere was a rip in his pants.
She had snags in her stockings.

Synonymsrent, rip, snag, tear

Broader (hypernym)gap, opening

6. Split (location) an old Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea

Instance hypernymcity, metropolis, urban center

Part meronymCroatia, Hrvatska, Republic of Croatia

7. split (food) a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream covered with whipped cream and cherries and nuts

Broader (hypernym)frozen dessert

Narrower (hyponym)banana split

8. split (artifact) (tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl

SamplesHe was winning until he got a split in the tenth frame.

Broader (hypernym)formation

Domain categorytenpin bowling, tenpins

9. split (act) an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity

SamplesThey announced a two-for-one split of the common stock.

Synonymssplit up, stock split

Broader (hypernym)increase, step-up

10. split (act) the act of rending or ripping or splitting something

SamplesHe gave the envelope a vigorous rip.

Synonymsrent, rip

Broader (hypernym)tear

11. split (act) division of a group into opposing factions

SamplesAnother schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy.


Broader (hypernym)division

English verb: split

1. split (social) separate into parts or portions

SamplesDivide the cake into three equal parts.
The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I.

Synonymscarve up, dissever, divide, separate, split up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

Narrower (hyponym)Balkanise, Balkanize, canton, format, initialise, initialize, lot, paragraph, parcel, sectionalise, sectionalize, sliver, splinter, subdivide, triangulate, unitise, unitize

Antonymsunite, unify

2. split (contact) separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

SamplesCleave the bone.

ExamplesThe girls split the wooden sticks

Synonymscleave, rive

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)tear

Narrower (hyponym)laminate, maul

Verb groupcleave

3. split (social) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways

SamplesThe business partners broke over a tax question.
The couple separated after 25 years of marriage.
My friend and I split up.

Synonymsbreak, break up, part, separate, split up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)break, break apart, break away, break away, break with, disassociate, disjoint, dissociate, disunify, disunite, divorce, divorce, give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate, secede, splinter, split up

4. split (motion) go one's own way; move apart

SamplesThe friends separated after the party.

Synonymspart, separate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)break up, diffract, disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out

5. split (change) come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure

SamplesThe bubble burst.

ExamplesThe wooden sticks split

Synonymsbreak open, burst

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up

Narrower (hyponym)blow, pop, stave, stave in

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