What is a technical consquence of splitting a line vs cutting a line?

I spent a half hour trying to find out the technical difference (there must be more to it than just the definitions in a pocket dictionary of English language) or the consequence of cutting a line into two segments or splitting it into two segments.

The only thing close to it I found was when a question was posed about a need to remove a small segment of the road. One answer was to create two nodes, split the road at these nodes and delete the segment. The other answer used the same approach, but advised to ‘cut’ the road at these two nodes and then delete the segment.

Just drives me nuts, that I can’t find a clear definition of the technical difference between the two for the purposes of editing.
Thank you

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