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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Other Words from splice

Verb

splicer noun

Examples of splice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 After adding extensions and weaving waist-grazing braids on a handful of models, hairstylist Kien Hoang fastened them with plastic water bottle tops, spliced and crushed in cobalt and transparent shades. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Chromat Brings the Anti-Plastic Movement to the Runway With a Striking Beauty Statement," 9 Feb. 2019 Protesters were quick to seize on this soundbite, splicing video of a grim-faced Lam uttering the slogan with an animated Leung shouting it during his 2016 election campaign. Mary Hui, Quartz, "A guide to the most important chants of Hong Kong’s protests," 2 Sep. 2019 If it has been edited, were important portions of the conversation cut, spliced or otherwise modified? Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Assessing the Details of DeMarcus Cousins Allegedly Threatening Ex-Girlfriend," 27 Aug. 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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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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