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Slivers

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sliver

1. A long piece cut ot rent off; a sharp, slender fragment; a splinter.

2. A strand, or slender roll, of cotton or other fibre in a loose, untwisted state, produced by a carding machine and ready for the roving or slubbing which preceeds spinning.

3. Bait made of pieces of small fish. Cf. Kibblings.

To cut or divide into long, thin pieces, or into very small pieces; to cut or rend lengthwise; to slit; as, to sliver wood. They 'll sliver thee like a turnip. (Sir W. Scott)

Origin: See Slive.