Definition of split noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//splɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//splɪt//
    Sweets and desserts
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  1. 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.
  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 See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  8. body position
  9. 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
  10. Word Originlate 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.
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