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Definition of split noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a disagreement that divides a group of people or makes someone separate from someone 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 CEO and the Board of Directors.
  2. division
  3. 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.
  4. tear/hole
  5. 3[countable] a long crack or hole made when something tears There's a big split in the tent.
  6. banana dish
  7. 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
  8. body position
  9. 5the splits [plural] (also 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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: split