split

Definitions

General English

  • verb to divide something into parts
  • verb to divide or come apart

Aviation

  • noun a break along a line, especially in wood, plastic or rubber

Banking

Construction

  • A crack extending completely through a piece of wood or veneer.
  • A tear in a built-up membrane resulting from tensile stresses.
  • A masonry unit one-half the height of a standard unit.

Food

  • verb if something such as a sauce splits, the ingredients do not mix together as they should

Medical

  • verb to divide something, or become divided

Slang

  • verb to leave. A piece of American slang that came to Britain in the hippy era, it is a shortening of the earlier beatnik term ‘split the scene’ (from the notion of separating oneself from a group or gathering).

Wine

  • a small bottle size containing 187.5 ml or one quarter of a standard 750 ml bottle, normally used for Champagne or wine served on aeroplanes or trains or in hotels

Origin & History of “split”

Split was borrowed from middle Dutch splitten. this, like German spleissen ‘splice’ and English splice (16th c.), goes back to a prehistoric base *spleid-, which may have been related to *spel-, the source of English spill.
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