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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Slit \Slit\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slit or Slitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Slitting.] [OE. slitten, fr. sliten, AS. st[imac]tan to tear; akin to D. slijten to wear out, G. schleissen to slit, split, OHG. sl[imac]zan to split, tear, wear out, Icel. st[imac]ta to break, tear, wear out, Sw. slita, Dan. slide. Cf. Eclat, Slate, n., Slice.] 1. To cut lengthwise; to cut into long pieces or strips; as, to slit iron bars into nail rods; to slit leather into straps. [1913 Webster] 2. To cut or make a long fissure in or upon; as, to slit the ear or the nose. [1913 Webster] 3. To cut; to sever; to divide. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And slits the thin-spun life. --Milton. [1913 Webster]