slit

A very narrow slot or cut in something is a slit. You might fill your pita bread with falafel by first making a slit in its side.

A long strip of sunlight might shine through a slit in your curtains and wake you up in the morning. Or you may narrow your eyes to slits in anger when you see the mess your sister made in your room. You can also use this word as a verb, to mean "cut into," like when you slit a croissant and insert jam, or slit an envelope with an old-fashioned letter opener.

Definitions of slit
  1. noun
    a long narrow opening
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    jag
    a slit in a garment that exposes material of a different color underneath; used in Renaissance clothing
    slot
    a small slit (as for inserting a coin or depositing mail)
    vent
    a slit in a garment (as in the back seam of a jacket)
    coin slot
    a slot through which coins can be inserted into a slot machine
    mail slot
    a slot (usually in a door) through which mail can be delivered
    type of:
    opening
    a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
  2. noun
    a narrow fissure
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    cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure
    a long narrow opening
  3. noun
    a depression scratched or carved into a surface
    synonyms: dent, incision, prick, scratch
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    score, scotch
    a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
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    depression, impression, imprint
    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
  4. noun
    obscene terms for female genitals
  5. verb
    make a clean cut through
    synonyms: slice
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    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  6. verb
    cut a slit into
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    incise
    make an incision into by carving or cutting
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