A very thin slice or bit of something is a sliver. A sliver of hope is better than a sliver of doubt, but a having a sliver of wood in your foot is worse. That’s a splinter.

You'll want to watch out for slivers of glass if you break a drinking glass in the sink, and machinists have to wear special protective goggles to guard against flying slivers of metal. If you just want a bite of dessert, you can ask for just a sliver of cheesecake. Sliver is also a verb, meaning "splinter," or "cut into thin pieces." It comes from a verb that's now obsolete, sliven, "to split."

Definitions of sliver

n a small thin sharp bit of wood or glass or metal

“it broke into slivers
Type of:
bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrap
a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

n a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something

paring, shaving
a thin sliver of wood
a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe
Type of:
a piece broken off or cut off of something else

v divide into slivers or splinters

Type of:
carve up, dissever, divide, divvy, separate, split, split up
separate into parts or portions

v break up into splinters or slivers

Type of:
break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
break or cause to break into pieces

v form into slivers

sliver wood”
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

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