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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Split  \Split\  (spl[i^]t),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Split} 
  ({Splitted},  R.);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Splitting}.]  [Probably  of 
  Scand.  or  Low  german  origin;  cf  Dan.  splitte,  LG  splitten, 
  OD  splitten,  spletten  D.  splijten  G.  spleissen  MHG. 
  spl[=i]zen.  Cf  {Splice},  {Splint},  {Splinter}.] 
  1.  To  divide  lengthwise;  to  separate  from  end  to  end  esp.  by 
  force;  to  divide  in  the  direction  of  the  grain  layers;  to 
  rive;  to  cleave;  as  to  split  a  piece  of  timber  or  a 
  board;  to  split  a  gem;  to  split  a  sheepskin. 
  Cold  winter  split  the  rocks  in  twain.  --Dryden. 
  2.  To  burst;  to  rupture;  to  rend;  to  tear  asunder. 
  A  huge  vessel  of  exceeding  hard  marble  split  asunder 
  by  congealed  water.  --Boyle. 
  3.  To  divide  or  break  up  into  parts  or  divisions,  as  by 
  discord;  to  separate  into  parts  or  parties,  as  a  political 
  party;  to  disunite.  [Colloq.]  --South. 
  4.  (Chem.)  To  divide  or  separate  into  components;  --  often 
  used  with  up  as  to  split  up  sugar  into  alcohol  and 
  carbonic  acid. 
  {To  split  hairs},  to  make  distinctions  of  useless  nicety. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  resembling  a  sound  of  violent  tearing  as  of  something  ripped 
  apart  or  lightning  splitting  a  tree;  "the  tree  split 
  with  a  great  ripping  sound";  "heard  a  rending  roar  as 
  the  crowd  surged  forward"  [syn:  {rending},  {ripping}] 

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