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

Examples of splice in a Sentence

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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 These are not just little pretty things, but rather dresses for strong women spliced with a touch of lace. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Resort 2019 Trend Report," 25 June 2018 The clip is actually a conspiracy video that splices together Obama's words to change the meaning of his sentences. Jenna West, SI.com, "Mike Leach Defends Tweeting Barack Obama Conspiracy Video From 2014," 18 June 2018 One particular technology that seems promising is the technique known as Crispr, a complex process used to slice and splice DNA. New York Times, "SoftBank Wants to Build the Future. Here Are Some New Bets It Could Make.," 14 June 2018 The lenghty movie is divided into 11 small reels that Culbert consolidates into four larger ones, spinning the twin reels like a loom, cutting film and splicing the reels together. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "There Are Secrets in the Texas Theatre," 25 May 2018 The first few episodes, written by Hader and Berg and directed by Hader, tap into this comedy but also splice in bits of disturbing violence as the show begins to look like a vehicle for Hader to have something to say, dramatically. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Barry': TV Review | SXSW 2018," 10 Mar. 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 \
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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