a tear or crack in something made of cloth, wood etc
a long split in the sleeve of his coat
a serious disagreement that divides an organization or group of people into smaller groups [= rift]
The argument could lead to a damaging split in the party.
a deep split within the government
a split between the radicals and the moderates within the group
The union is desperate to avoid a split over this issue.
the way in which something, especially money, is shared between several people:
In a publishing deal, the average split used to be 50:50 between writer and publisher.
three-way/four-way etc split (=when something is shared equally between three, four etc people)
a three-way split in the profits
a clear separation or difference between two things
the traditional split between the state and church
to spread your legs wide apart so that your legs touch the floor along their whole length