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

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from splice

Verb

splicer noun

Examples of splice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Crucially, Atlantics upends the stark realism with which many migrant narratives are told: There is no documentary footage spliced in, no ominous cuts to the strife that awaits Souleiman and the other men in Europe. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Haunting Senegalese Love Story That Stunned Cannes," 14 Nov. 2019 Jurek split the back of the vest down the middle and spliced in some of the leftover pocket mesh, to make the carrier wide enough to hold in her son. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "How This Mom Sews Her Own Kids' Gear," 22 Oct. 2019 The Watergate hearings, which stretched into 1974, played like Shakespeare spliced with courtroom drama: riffling papers, conspirators, men in the wings and the penetrating southern drawl of Sen. Sam Ervin, which reverberated with moral urgency. Los Angeles Times, "Watergate was a TV spectacle. Just wait for the reboot: Trump," 3 Oct. 2019 People, including Kim Kardashian, began reporting that images of Momo were being spliced into YouTube videos aimed at children, along with threatening messages telling kids to do things like hold knives to their throats. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme Movie Curse," 12 July 2019 The playful New Orleans genre-splicing band expand their sonic parameters on the new Green Balloon. Dan Deluca, chicagotribune.com, "The songs of summer: Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, Bruce Springsteen, and more," 5 July 2019 But out here between the smog and the concrete, a seed spliced with Google genes has found fertile soil. Matt Sheehan, WIRED, "WFH: Chinese Engineers Abroad Come Back," 13 Aug. 2019 His slider spliced the thick air for big swings and misses. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: Liam Hendriks records five-out save, and offense lifts A’s over Twins," 19 July 2019 Early photographers developed a practice of splicing images together, allowing them to meddle with temporality and dissolve the boundaries between the natural and supernatural – a theme that the Surrealists would explore. 1843, "Stick ‘em up! A surprising history of collage," 24 July 2019

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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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23 Nov 2019

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“Splice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splice?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=splice01. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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