Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that splits.
  • noun A device that splits an electrical line into two lines.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which splits: as, a rail-splitter; also, an implement used in splitting.
  • noun One who splits hairs; one who makes too fine distinctions, as in argument, classification, etc.: in natural history, opposed to lumper. See the quotation under lumper, 3.
  • noun A kind of rich short-cake baked in irons like waffles, and then split and buttered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, splits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person or a thing that splits.
  • noun colloquial A scientist in one of various fields who prefers to split categories such as species or dialects up into smaller groups.
  • noun In baseball, a splitfinger fastball (a type of pitch).
  • noun graphical user interface A draggable vertical or horizontal bar used to adjust the relative sizes of two adjacent windows.

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

  • noun a worker who splits fish and removes the backbone
  • noun a laborer who splits logs to build split-rail fences
  • noun a taxonomist who classifies organisms into many groups on the basis of relatively minor characteristics

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to split + -er

Examples

  • It ain't Hillary that's killing the party – with 90% of the African American vote, I believe we can say that the party splitter is Obama and he's doing it down racial lines.

    North Carolina superdelegate still undecided

  • I simply took the upstairs connection and plugged it directly into the internet/cable splitter, thus reducing one splitter from the equation.

    Bday wish!

  • To the hitter, the fastball and splitter come out of his hand the same way, but the splitter is roughly 5 to 7 mph slower and drops at the last second.

    USATODAY.com - Clemens: pitching by his book

  • The splitter is a lot easier to throw and it gives you something against a guy who hits the other way.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • The splitter is a lot easier to throw and it gives you something against a guy who hits the other way.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • The splitter is a lot easier to throw and it gives you something against a guy who hits the other way.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • BTW does anyone actually give a fcuk I was called a splitter for being a member of the Peoples Juedan Front.

    Army Rumour Service

  • A splitter is a great little adapter to carry with your iPod for those instances where you want to share what you're listening to with someone else.

    GigaOM Network

  • "They'll be lots of cadets, boys and girls, who'll be learning how to use the psychotron, the accelerators and all the new stuff, the neuron splitter, which is going to be the interplaner, interceptor and all these great tools that they're going to have, to flip from dimension to dimension"

    Entertainment - Female First

  • "They'll be lots of cadets, boys and girls, who'll be learning how to use the psychotron, the accelerators and all the new stuff, the neuron splitter, which is going to be the interplaner, interceptor and all these great tools that they're going to have, to flip from dimension to dimension."

    TrekMovie.com

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  • See lumper.

    May 16, 2009