AskDefine | Define sliver

Dictionary Definition



1 a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal; "he got a splinter in his finger"; "it flew into flinders" [syn: splinter, flinders]
2 a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something [syn: paring, shaving]


1 divide into slivers or splinters [syn: splinter]
2 break up into splinters or slivers; "The wood splintered" [syn: splinter]
3 form into slivers; "sliver wood"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈslɪvɝ/
  • /slIv@`/


  1. A long piece cut or rent off; a sharp, slender fragment; a splinter.
  2. A strand, or slender roll, of cotton or other fiber in a loose, untwisted state, produced by a carding machine and ready for the roving or slubbing which precedes spinning.
  3. Bait made of pieces of small fish. Cf. Kibblings.
  4. In the context of "New York": A narrow high-rise apartment building.


  1. To cut or divide into long, thin pieces, or into very small pieces; to cut or rend lengthwise; to slit; as, to sliver wood.


Extensive Definition

Sliver (1991) is a novel by U.S. author Ira Levin about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York highrise apartment building, especially after a new tenant—an attractive young woman working in publishing—has moved in. Phillip Noyce directed a film, Sliver, based on the book, which was released in 1993.
[Sliver]'', Micheal Scarpace, Chicago, IL

Plot summary

When she makes the acquaintance of a handsome and friendly young man who lives in the same "sliver" building she does not know at first that he is the owner. While keeping a low profile himself, he turns out to know an awful lot about the other inhabitants including many of their secrets. It then turns out that he is a modern-day Peeping Tom who, unknown to everyone, has had surveillance cameras and microphones installed in every single apartment of the house, with his own place in the building serving as his headquarters. The novel is also a murder mystery, and the beautiful heroine soon becomes a damsel in distress herself.
sliver in German: Sliver (Film)
sliver in Spanish: Sliver (película)
sliver in French: Sliver
sliver in Polish: Sliver
sliver in Russian: Щепка (фильм)
sliver in Swedish: Sliver

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