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[splahys] /splaɪs/
verb (used with object), spliced, splicing.
to join together or unite (two ropes or parts of a rope) by the interweaving of strands.
to unite (timbers, spars, or the like) by overlapping and binding their ends.
to unite (film, magnetic tape, or the like) by butting and cementing.
to join or unite.
Genetics. to join (segments of DNA or RNA) together.
Informal. to unite in marriage:
They'll be spliced in June.
a joining of two ropes or parts of a rope by splicing.
the union or junction made by splicing.
a joining or junction of two pieces of timber, spar, etc., by overlapping and fastening the ends.
a joining of film, electromagnetic tape, or the like.
splice the main brace, Nautical.
  1. to issue a ration of spirits, as grog, to all hands.
  2. to drink spirits.
Origin of splice
1515-25; < earlier Dutch splissen (now splitsen)
Related forms
spliceable, adjective
resplice, verb (used with object), respliced, resplicing.
undersplice, verb (used with object), underspliced, undersplicing.
unspliced, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for splice
Historical Examples
  • Do not splice two independent statements by means of a comma.

  • Every knot and splice he mastered in a week or so, and could make them as neatly as I did.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • She could knot and splice, box the compass, and every sailor's weather rhyme was familiar to her.

    Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • He then ordered the purser's steward to splice the main-brace.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • At the very time they were making the splice with the shore end, the rain was pouring on the deck.

    The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
  • His last name had a splice in the middle of it—'twas Catesby-Stuart.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The day was beautifully calm, so no time was to be lost before making the splice in lat.

  • There 's scarce a snake of any size hasn't an emerald or splice of gold in him.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Surgeons decided to splice the severed facial nerve to a nerve in her neck-shoulder muscle.

  • Why didn't you splice and bring her along in the first place?

    Pocket Island Charles Clark Munn
British Dictionary definitions for splice


verb (transitive)
to join (two ropes) by intertwining the strands
to join up the trimmed ends of (two pieces of wire, film, magnetic tape, etc) with solder or an adhesive material
to join (timbers) by overlapping and binding or bolting the ends together
(passive) (informal) to enter into marriage: the couple got spliced last Saturday
(nautical history) splice the mainbrace, to issue and partake of an extra allocation of alcoholic spirits
a join made by splicing
the place where such a join occurs
the wedge-shaped end of a cricket-bat handle or similar instrument that fits into the blade
Derived Forms
splicer, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Middle Dutch splissen; related to German spleissen, Swedish splitsa; see split
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for splice

1520s, originally a sailors' word, from Middle Dutch splissen "to splice," ultimately from PIE *(s)plei- "to split, splice" (see flint). The Dutch word was borrowed in French as épisser. Used of motion picture film from 1912; of DNA from 1975. Related: Spliced; splicing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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splice in Science
To join together genes or gene fragments or insert them into a cell or other structure, such as a virus, by means of enzymes. In genetic engineering, scientists splice together genetic material to produce new genes or to alter a genetic structure. In messenger RNA, the introns are removed, and exons are spliced together to yield the final messenger RNA that is translated. See also exon, intron.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for splice



Quite splendid

[1843+; orig US jocular formation from splendid]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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