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1. modifier Of or characterized by minute and irrelevant differences or details in an argument. There have been some hair-splitting changes to the script, but other than that, it's the same as it ever was.
2. noun The act of scrutinizing minute, irrelevant, or imperceptible differences or details. We would get a lot more done in these meetings if everyone did less hair-splitting.

make like a banana and split

humorous slang To depart or leave, especially at once or in a hurry. (A pun on "to split," a slang term meaning to leave or depart, and a "banana split," an ice-cream-based dessert featuring a banana halved lengthwise.) This carnival turned out to be really boring. Come on, let's make like a banana and split! A: "Where are Jeff and Sally?" B: "They needed to get home to feed the baby, so they made like a banana and split."
See also: and, banana, like, make, split

split (one's) sides

To laugh uproariously or hysterically. Your jokes are perfect for your speech tonight. You'll have them splitting their sides!
See also: side, split

splitting headache

Fig. a severe headache, as if one's head were splitting open. I'm sorry, I can't. I have a splitting headache. Maybe Fred will play bridge with you. This splitting headache has been going on for hours.
See also: headache, splitting
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m] be a fractional splitting set for some U, V, and W, and let S be defined as in Lemma 4.
An important benefit of using a fractional splitting to define an orthonormal stretching (S, [?
be an orthonormal stretching defined by a fractional splitting as in Lemmas 4.
In most of the applications of the splitting lemma [9, 1, 14, 16], there is also a symmetric-product representation of A and B, a representation using edge and vertex vectors, and an implicit W.
Before we conclude this section, we show that for orthonormal stretchings derived from fractional splitting sets, one of the norm-bounds on [?
This remains valid for any reordering of the spaces in the splitting.
Its condition number equals the condition number [kappa] of the splitting (2.
8), the corresponding chain of subspaces for the splitting (4.
In this splitting, the anisotropy of the problem is "built in".
The coarsening for the induced splitting is given by the arrows between the grids in Figure 5.
nxn], the splitting A = M - N is called P-regular if the matrix [M.
Let A = M - N be a P-regular splitting of a Hermitian matrix A.
Since A = P - Q is a convergent splitting, there exists an induced matrix norm [parallel]*[parallel] such that [rho]([P.
and let the P-regular splitting A = P - Q be given by
j] is a P-regular splitting of the Hermitian positive definite matrix [M.