splice

verb
\ ˈsplīs How to pronounce splice (audio) \
spliced; splicing

Definition of splice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to unite (two ropes or two parts of a rope) by interweaving the strands
b : to unite (two lengths of magnetic tape, photographic film, etc.) by overlapping and securing together two ends
2 : to unite, link, or insert as if by splicing
3 : to combine or insert (something) by genetic engineering spliced a human gene for insulin into a bacterium

splice

noun

Definition of splice (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a joining or joint made by splicing something

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Noun

splice 1

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Other Words from splice

Verb

splicer noun

Examples of splice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The show doesn’t just splice its luxurious scenes at The Pynk with shots of hardship in the Delta. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Prestige Drama Where Strippers Run the Show," 5 Sep. 2020 Altitude broadcasts will have the ability to splice their coverage with instant replays that ESPN’s feed might not show. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Altitude Sports’ Nuggets broadcasts to feature walkoff interviews, other creative elements," 17 July 2020 Strip the insulation from the two power wires and the two control-module wires, then splice one power to the body control module and the other to the electronic one. Car and Driver, "Stuff Happens: The Automotive Survival Skills You Need to Get Away," 11 July 2020 Producers are able to splice live feeds of people from different locations into one smooth picture that can be streamed to a television, tablet, or smartphone. Kelly Gilblom, Bloomberg.com, "NFL Draft and Peloton Classes Offer a Road Map for Virtual Conventions," 14 June 2020 Cropped, spliced and given faux fur cuffs, new life was breathed into the fabric. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, "7 Looks To Steal From London Fashion Week," 21 Feb. 2020 The Mississippi school district plans to splice together all of the film to share with seniors. al, "Alabama okays drive-in graduation ceremonies and other socially distanced options," 29 Apr. 2020 Later, Herz splices centerfolds and glamour shots into scenes of workaday grime. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 While the numbers are small, the fastest-growing patent classifications were in the gene-splicing technology known as CRISPR, hybrid plants, 3-D printing and cancer therapies, the analysis showed. Susan Decker, Bloomberg.com, "Huawei Helps China Overtake Germany in Receiving U.S. Patents," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of splice

Verb

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for splice

Verb

obsolete Dutch splissen; akin to Middle Dutch splitten to split

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The first known use of splice was circa 1525

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“Splice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splice. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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splice

verb
How to pronounce splice (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of splice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to join ropes, wires, etc., by weaving or twisting them together
: to join (pieces of film, magnetic tape, etc.) by connecting their ends together

splice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of splice (Entry 2 of 2)

: the place where two things (such as two pieces of rope or film) have been joined by being spliced together

splice

verb
\ ˈsplīs How to pronounce splice (audio) \
spliced; splicing

Kids Definition of splice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to unite (as two ropes) by weaving together
2 : to unite (as rails or pieces of film) by connecting the ends together

splice

noun

Kids Definition of splice (Entry 2 of 2)

: the process of joining or a joint made by weaving or connecting the ends together
\ ˈsplīs How to pronounce splice (audio) \
spliced; splicing

Medical Definition of splice

: to join together or insert (as segments of RNA or DNA) to form new genetic combinations spliced a human gene for insulin into a bacterium — see gene-splicing

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