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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Very severe: a splitting headache.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instance where something splits.
  • n. A division in the mind, or affecting one's sense of self.
  • n. The cleavage of a covalent bond.
  • adj. Resembling the sound of something being split or ripped.
  • adj. Severe.
  • v. Present participle of split.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very severe, or in some way extreme, as if it were likely to cause something to split: as, a splitting headache.
  • Very rapid.
  • n. An act denoted by the verb ‘split’; specifically, in harvesting tobacco, the cleaving of the stalk nearly to the base, with the purpose of ‘hanging,’ i.e. placing it astride a stick for curing: practised with heavy export tobacco. For other methods see pegging, 6, and spearing, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree

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