sliver

A very thin slice or bit of something is a sliver. A sliver of hope is better than a sliver of doubt, but having a sliver of wood in your foot is the worst. That’s called a splinter, and it hurts!

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
  1. noun
    a small thin sharp bit of wood or glass or metal
    “it broke into slivers
    synonyms: splinter
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    type of:
    bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrap
    a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
  2. noun
    a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something
    synonyms: paring, shaving
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    types:
    splint
    a thin sliver of wood
    turning
    a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe
    type of:
    fragment
    a piece broken off or cut off of something else
  3. noun
    (figurative) a small or narrow piece or slice
  4. verb
    divide into slivers or splinters
    synonyms: splinter
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    type of:
    carve up, dissever, divide, divvy, separate, split, split up
    separate into parts or portions
  5. verb
    break up into splinters or slivers
    synonyms: splinter
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    type of:
    break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
    break or cause to break into pieces
  6. verb
    form into slivers
    sliver wood”
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    type of:
    form, shape
    give shape or form to
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