split - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a way of dividing something

    a fifty-fifty split in the voting

    a three-way/four-way split

  2. 2
    a division of a large group into smaller groups because of a disagreement

    The split in the party could have had a disastrous effect on the election.

    1. a.
      a disagreement that causes a group to divide into smaller groups

      There is anxiety about the growing split over foreign policy.

  3. 3
    a cut or break in something

    a small split in the fabric

  4. 4
    a difference between things

    There’s a big split between the attitudes of managers and junior staff.

  5. 5

    the splits

    a position in which you rest on the floor with your legs spread wide in opposite directions