splice

1 of 2

verb

spliced; splicing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
splicer noun

splice

2 of 2

noun

1
: a joining or joint made by splicing something
2

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Examples of splice in a Sentence

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Verb
Underscoring the damage dealt from the debate, Senate Republicans' campaign arm swiftly released an ad splicing Democratic Senate candidates' praise for Biden's fitness for office with moments from the debate when the president stumbled. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 28 June 2024 What’s more, long RNAs are often cut up into fragments and then spliced back together again in various combinations, the exact order often depending on the condition of the host cell. Philip Ball, Scientific American, 14 May 2024
Noun
Related article Baseball icon Willie Mays, one of the game’s most electrifying and complete players, has died at 93 That short splice of film is our version of getting to see Mays play. Harry Enten, CNN, 20 June 2024 The calm tutorial splices back and forth to fight scenes from Deadpool & Wolverine (in theaters July 26) with Reynolds’ costar and friend, Hugh Jackman. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for splice 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

obsolete Dutch splissen; akin to Middle Dutch splitten to split

First Known Use

Verb

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of splice was circa 1525

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Cite this Entry

“Splice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splice. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

splice

1 of 2 verb
spliced; splicing
1
: to unite (as two ropes) by weaving the strands together
2
: to unite (as pieces of film) by connecting the ends together
3
: to unite, link, or insert as if by splicing
splicer noun

splice

2 of 2 noun
: a joining or joint made by splicing

Medical Definition

splice

transitive verb
spliced; splicing
: 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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