splitting; splits; splitted

If you and your boyfriend split, you are no longer together. If your pants split, they come open at the seam. If both of these happen in the same day, split! (Get out of here!)

Split means to come apart or rip in two. It can be used as a verb "let's split the apple in two" or as a noun "be careful to step over the split in the earth left by the quake." It implies some violence. When firemen split open your door, they need an axe to do it.

Definitions of split
  1. verb
    separate into parts or portions
    synonyms: carve up, dissever, divide, divvy, separate, split up
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    unify, unite
    act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
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    divide into smaller and smaller pieces
    format, initialise, initialize
    divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data
    sectionalise, sectionalize
    divide into sections, especially into geographic sections
    divide into triangles or give a triangular form to
    unitise, unitize
    divide (bulk material) and process as units
    divide into lots, as of land, for example
    divide into parts
    sliver, splinter
    divide into slivers or splinters
    divide into paragraphs, as of text
    divide into cantons, of a country
    Balkanise, Balkanize
    divide a territory into small, hostile states
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    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  2. verb
    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    synonyms: cleave, rive
    make by cutting into
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    split (wood) with a maul and wedges
    split (wood) into thin sheets
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    separate or be separated by force
  3. verb
    come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
    synonyms: break open, burst
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    burst open with a sharp, explosive sound
    burst suddenly
    stave, stave in
    burst or force (a hole) into something
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    break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
    become separated into pieces or fragments
  4. noun
    the act of rending or ripping or splitting something
    synonyms: rent, rip
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    the act of tearing
  5. noun
    an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
    synonyms: rent, rip, snag, tear
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    gap, opening
    an open or empty space in or between things
  6. noun
    a lengthwise crack in wood
    “he inserted the wedge into a split in the log”
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    cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure
    a long narrow opening
  7. adjective
    having been divided; having the unity destroyed
    “a split group”
    synonyms: disconnected, disunited, fragmented
    separated into parts or pieces
  8. adjective
    (especially of wood) cut or ripped longitudinally with the grain
    “we bought split logs for the fireplace”
    separated into parts or laid open or penetrated with a sharp edge or instrument
  9. verb
    discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
    “My friend and I split up”
    synonyms: break, break up, part, separate, split up
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    give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate
    terminate a relationship abruptly
    break apart, disunify
    break up or separate
    disassociate, disjoint, dissociate, disunite, divorce
    part; cease or break association with
    break with
    end a relationship
    divorce, split up
    get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage
    break away, secede, splinter
    withdraw from an organization or communion
    break, break away
    interrupt a continued activity
  10. verb
    go one's own way; move apart
    synonyms: part, separate
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    disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out
    move away from each other
    break up
    come apart
    undergo diffraction
    aerosolise, aerosolize
    become dispersed as an aerosol
    scatter or part
    be dispersed in a volley
    disband, dissolve
    stop functioning or cohering as a unit
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  11. noun
    division of a group into opposing factions
    synonyms: schism
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    the act or process of dividing
  12. noun
    extending the legs at right angles to the trunk (one in front and the other in back)
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    acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt
    a stunt performed by an acrobat
  13. noun
    a promised or claimed share of loot or money
    “he demanded his split before they disbanded”
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    part, percentage, portion, share
    assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
  14. noun
    a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream covered with whipped cream and cherries and nuts
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    banana split
    a banana split lengthwise and topped with scoops of ice cream and sauces and nuts and whipped cream
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    frozen dessert
    any of various desserts prepared by freezing
  15. noun
    (tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl
    “he was winning until he got a split in the tenth frame”
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    a particular spatial arrangement
  16. noun
    an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity
    “they announced a two-for-one split of the common stock”
    synonyms: split up, stock split
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    type of:
    increase, step-up
    the act of increasing something
  17. noun
    a bottle containing half the usual amount
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    bottle, bottleful
    the quantity contained in a bottle
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