split into

split into (number or fraction)

1. To divide cleanly or evenly into some smaller number of things. The mirror toppled over and split into three nearly identical shards. OK, I want the class to split into groups of eight and come up with five different ways that energy is produced.
2. To divide someone or something cleanly into some number or fraction of a whole. With one mighty swing of his magical axe, the Titan split the entire mountain into two. He split the pizza into six pieces so everyone could have a slice.
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split something into something

to divide or sever something into something. Jeff split the log into four parts. Please split this log in half so it will burn better.
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References in classic literature ?
But whatever may be our situation, whether firmly united under one national government, or split into a number of confederacies, certain it is, that foreign nations will know and view it exactly as it is; and they will act toward us accordingly.