- 1 [countable] (informal) a disagreement that divides a group of people or makes somebody separate from somebody else split (within something) a damaging split within the party leadership split (with somebody/something) the years following his bitter split with his wife split (between A and B) There have been reports of a split between the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. division
- 2 [singular] a division between two or more things; one of the parts that something is divided into He demanded a 50–50 split in the profits. tear/hole
- 3 [countable] a long crack or hole made when something tears There's a big split in the tent. banana dish
- 4 [countable] a sweet dish made from fruit, especially a banana cut in two along its length, with cream, ice cream, etc. on top a banana split See related entries: Sweets and desserts body position
- 5the splits [plural] (also US English split [singular]) a position in which you stretch your legs flat across the floor in opposite directions with the rest of your body vertical a gymnast doing the splits Word Origin late 16th cent. (originally in the sense ‘break up a ship’, describing the force of a storm or rock): from Middle Dutch splitten, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples It’s an even split; some love it, some hate it. Mike’s split with his wife Ten years after their acrimonious split, the band has reformed. a growing split in the Church over the issue of gay priests a split between the right and left wings of the party an ideological split within the party A damaging split within the party leadership has occurred. He found it difficult to cope in the years following his bitter split with his wife.