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I thought of slither, but I ruled it out as it has negative connotations that I wish to avoid in the context.

I would use the word in a phrase like "a thin slice of bread" or "thinly sliced carrots."

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I think you meant sliver instead of slither. The word sliver has no real negative consequences, but slither does. –  JSBձոգչ Apr 13 '11 at 21:55
    
You are absolutely right. I meant sliver! –  Finbarr Apr 13 '11 at 22:03
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I doubt anyone would say a sliver of bread; slivered carrots sounds okay, but note that a sliver is a small piece, not necessarily a small slice. Wafer could work well for bread, as it is a thin, small slice. However, if you want a thin slice that isn't necessarily small, then thin slice is your best bet. –  Jimi Oke Apr 13 '11 at 22:41
    
-1 because the question is based on a mistaken word and, when edited, will be an obvious question. –  Michael Easter Apr 13 '11 at 22:53
    
Specifically for carrots and other vegetables, you may also use julienne as a culinary term (used as a noun or a verbe). –  nico May 2 '11 at 6:57
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Well, "sliver" immediately sprang to mind. Don't know the connotations are that negative?

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I had confused the words slither and sliver. The word sliver will do just fine! –  Finbarr Apr 13 '11 at 22:03
    
In the English translations of Lothar-Gunther Buchheim's novel Das Boot the word sliver is used to mean a small amount of anything; it was used as an example of the special meanings that can be attached to words in isolated communities (in this case, the crew of a submarine). –  Brian Hooper Sep 9 '11 at 23:08
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A shave is another possibility.

Century Dictionary: A shaving; a thin paring.

American Heritage Dictionary: A thin slice or scraping; a shaving.

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Wafer, perhaps? If you can get past the image of the final scene of Meaning of Life, that is.

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