splitting


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to splitting: splitting headache, splitting hairs

splitting

 [split´ing]
in psychoanalytic theory, a primitive defense mechanism in which the self and internal and external objects are divided into parts that are either “all good” or “all bad.” Characteristic of very young children, it is also seen in those with borderline personality disorder and sometimes in those with other personality disorders or psychoses.

split·ting

(split'ing),
In chemistry, the cleavage of a covalent bond, fragmenting the molecule involved.

splitting

/split·ting/ (split´ing)
1. the division of a single object into two or more objects or parts.
2. in psychoanalytic theory, a primitive defense mechanism, in which “objects” (persons) are perceived as “all good” or “all bad” rather than as an intermediate or mixture.

splitting of heart sounds  the presence of two components in the first or second heart sound complexes; particularly denoting separation of the elements of the second sound into two, representing aortic valve closure and pulmonic valve closure.

splitting

a primitive defense mechanism that when overused represents a developmental arrest. It is a failure to synthesize the positive and negative experiences and ideas one has of oneself, other people, situations, and institutions.

'splitting'

Academia Hair-splitting The division of a morbid condition, lesion, or other entity into smaller subtypes–eg, dividing Laurence-Moon-Biedl-Bardet syndrome into Laurence-Moon and Bardet-Biedl syndromes. Cf 'Lumping' Drug slang A street term for rolling marijuana and cocaine.

split·ting

(split'ing)
chemistry The cleavage of a covalent bond, fragmenting the molecule involved.
References in classic literature ?
Imagine, if you can, a huge grizzly with ten legs armed with mighty talons and an enormous froglike mouth splitting his head from ear to ear, exposing three rows of long, white tusks.
More probably I would put one of my five big bullets into my own splitting head; it was no small temptation, lying there in a double agony, with the loaded weapon by my side.
When an engine would strike a mass of blocked trucks, splitting it into fragments, as a blow annihilates a cake of ice, Jimmie's team could usually be observed high and safe, with whole wheels, on the sidewalk.
as usual in letters) traced on both sides of the paper, and it could only be preserved for the purpose of reconstruction by splitting each morsel into two--so as artificially to make a blank side, on which could be spread the fine cement used for reuniting the fragments in their original form.
There was a crash all around of splitting glass, a further shock.
Similarly, gifts made by the transferor's spouse for which gift splitting will be elected are reported in the lower half of Part 1, 2 or 3 of Schedule A.
Stack splitting may be a great way to bring ballooning share prices down safely--giving shareholders the opportunity to double or triple the value of their stock, should the company continue performing--but not everyone thinks it's all that it's cracked up to be.