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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Split \Split\ (spl[i^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Split (Splitted, R.); p. pr. & vb. n. Splitting.] [Probably of Scand. or Low German origin; cf. Dan. splitte, LG. splitten, OD. splitten, spletten, D. splijten, G. spleissen, MHG. spl[imac]zen. Cf. Splice, Splint, Splinter.] 1. To divide lengthwise; to separate from end to end, esp. by force; to divide in the direction of the grain or layers; to rive; to cleave; as, to split a piece of timber or a board; to split a gem; to split a sheepskin. [1913 Webster] Cold winter split the rocks in twain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To burst; to rupture; to rend; to tear asunder. [1913 Webster] A huge vessel of exceeding hard marble split asunder by congealed water. --Boyle. [1913 Webster] 3. To divide or break up into parts or divisions, as by discord; to separate into parts or parties, as a political party; to disunite. [Colloq.] --South. [1913 Webster] 4. (Chem.) To divide or separate into components; -- often used with up; as, to split up sugar into alcohol and carbonic acid. [1913 Webster] To split hairs, to make distinctions of useless nicety. [1913 Webster]