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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPLIT

I think I'm just a split second surer and faster than you are with a gun.

Yet it must have taken not more than the split part of a second.

The rest they'll split up into several farms and rent for the present.

A little later the larboard fore-sheet went, and the sail was split.

Do not split it in half when you dish it, as is the practice with some cooks.

Put them, one at a time, into the cleft or split end of the larding-needle.

Pigeons may be split and broiled, like chickens; also stewed or fricasseed.

Divide them in pieces and split them, or cut them into slices.

Send them to table hot, and split them by pulling open with your hands.

Cut off the bills and split the heads; and cut the necks and gizzards into mouthfuls.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Middle Dutch splitten, from Proto-Germanic *spl(e)it- (cf. Danish and Frisian splitte, Old Frisian splita, German spleißen "to split"), from PIE *(s)plei- "to split, splice" (see flint).

Meaning "leave, depart" first recorded 1954, U.S. slang. Of couples, "to separate, divorce" from 1942. To split the difference is from 1715; to split (one's) ticket in the U.S. political sense is attested from 1842. Splitting image "exact likeness" is from 1880. Split screen is from 1953; split shift is from 1955; split personality first attested 1919. Split-level as a type of building plan is recorded from 1952. Split-second first attested 1884, in reference to a type of stopwatch with two second hands that could be stopped independently; adjectival meaning "occurring in a fraction of a second" is from 1946.

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