splice

verb
\ˈsplīs \
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

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The phone number was rapidly unraveled to its component parts, spliced and digested into a series of jokes, images and even puzzles designed to continue sharing the number while dodging Twitter’s censors. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Was it right to dox Stephen Miller? That’s the wrong question," 27 June 2018 The low-resolution footage is spliced together with inspirational quotes and sadboy statements. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The Chainsmokers Share Intimate 'Somebody' Video From Rory Kramer: Watch," 11 June 2018 Even Oland’s simpler pieces contained deliberately unorthodox details, like a short-sleeved top that is spliced at the side and then laced up. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How 6 Indigenous Designers Are Using Fashion to Reclaim Their Culture," 30 May 2018 Part talk-show, part feminist comedy, hosts Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff splice their witty commentary into retellings of each episode’s central murder. Allie Volpe, Teen Vogue, "10 Best Crime Podcasts," 30 Aug. 2018 Some Twitters users posted clips splicing in Riley’s audio with the original song. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Dog apparently singing Britney Spears' 'Toxic' is Twitter hit," 22 July 2018 In the western highlands, power cables were spliced together and woven haphazardly through trees in blatant violation of basic safety codes. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico grid ‘teetering’ despite $3.8 billion repair job," 31 May 2018 In the western highlands, power cables were spliced together and woven haphazardly through trees in blatant violation of basic safety codes. Michael Weissenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Puerto Rico grid 'teetering' despite $3.8 billion repair job," 30 May 2018 The gorgeous sliver of azure that colors the winter hemisphere in our images of Saturn is, in effect, a slice of Neptune's atmosphere spliced onto Saturn's. Carolyn Porco, Scientific American, "Cassini at Saturn: A Retrospective," 1 Oct. 2017

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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 \
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 \
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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