|case or covering for the blade of a sword, dagger, or the like|
|enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit:|
|1.||to join (two ropes) by intertwining the strands|
|2.||to join up the trimmed ends of (two pieces of wire, film, magnetic tape, etc) with solder or an adhesive material|
|3.||to join (timbers) by overlapping and binding or bolting the ends together|
|4.||informal (passive) to enter into marriage: the couple got spliced last Saturday|
|5.||nautical history splice the mainbrace to issue and partake of an extra allocation of alcoholic spirits|
|6.||a join made by splicing|
|7.||the place where such a join occurs|
|8.||the wedge-shaped end of a cricket-bat handle or similar instrument that fits into the blade|
|[C16: probably from Middle Dutch splissen; related to German spleissen, Swedish splitsa; see |
|splice (splīs) Pronunciation Key
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.
permanent joining of two ropes by interweaving their strands. In the short splice the strands of each rope are unlayed (untwisted), interwoven, and tucked into the lay (twist) of the other rope. For neatness the strands are usually trimmed down before the final tuck is made.
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