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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Verb

splicer noun

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The Washington Post reported that a pediatrician found suicide instructions spliced into videos available on YouTube Kids. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Parents, The Momo Challenge Isn't the Video You Need to Be Worrying About on YouTube," 28 Feb. 2019 Missing from the set’s liner notes is whether songs on the original album were complete takes or composites spliced together from the set’s outtakes. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills’ Review: A Classic Album’s Untold Story," 20 Nov. 2018 Photo: Getty Images Ford Models In Milan, Versace collaborated with Ford Motors , splicing the American company’s iconic blue logo onto sweatshirts and jeans. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most Wearable—and Unwearable—Men’s Trends for 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 The Future: The American voting system is decentralized, spliced up into precincts, municipalities, districts, and counties that administer their own defenses against interference. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018 Whether spliced with lace, as at Prabal Gurung, or mashed up à la Preen by Thornton Begrazzi, plaids, tartans, and checks of all strokes are experiencing a renaissance. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 All the footage is spliced together with excited messages from fans on Twitter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Sneak Peek: Here's Your First Look at Brianna and Jamie's Emotional Introduction," 29 Dec. 2018 And the problems are a lot to do with the age of the film and the damage that’s been done in the last 100 years, in the sense of sort of scratches, of the way the film’s snapped and broken and been spliced together and frames have been lost. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 The film's last sequence was one of the most emotional finales to hit Cannes in recent memory, splicing in real footage from the events in Charlottesville. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes: Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' Draws 6-Minute Standing Ovation," 14 May 2018

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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

verb

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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