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splice

verb \ ˈsplīs \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of splice

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

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Origin and Etymology of splice

obsolete Dutch splissen; akin to Middle Dutch splitten to split


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splice

noun

Definition of splice

1 :a joining or joint made by splicing something

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First Known Use of splice

1627



SPLICE Defined for English Language Learners

splice

verb

Definition of splice for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of splice for English Language Learners

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


SPLICE Defined for Kids

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splice

verb \ ˈsplīs \

Definition of splice for Students

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

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splice

noun

Definition of splice for Students

:the process of joining or a joint made by weaving or connecting the ends together

Medical Dictionary

splice

transitive verb \ ˈsplīs \

medical Definition of splice

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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