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

Illustration of splice

Illustration of splice

Noun

splice 1

In the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from splice

Verb

splicer noun

Examples of splice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wires, screens, and computer coders splice their words onto a network. Stephen Wade, ajc, 31 July 2021 Together, those technical elements help creatively splice together the show’s many scenes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2021 Clippers coach Tyronn Lue decided to splice in a video clip from more than two decades earlier as motivation for his young center. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2021 The show doesn’t just splice its luxurious scenes at The Pynk with shots of hardship in the Delta. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 5 Sep. 2020 Altitude broadcasts will have the ability to splice their coverage with instant replays that ESPN’s feed might not show. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, 17 July 2020 Strip the insulation from the two power wires and the two control-module wires, then splice one power to the body control module and the other to the electronic one. Car and Driver, 11 July 2020 Producers are able to splice live feeds of people from different locations into one smooth picture that can be streamed to a television, tablet, or smartphone. Kelly Gilblom, Bloomberg.com, 14 June 2020 Cropped, spliced and given faux fur cuffs, new life was breathed into the fabric. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, 21 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'splice.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About splice

Time Traveler for splice

Time Traveler

The first known use of splice was circa 1525

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near splice

spleuchan

splice

splice bar

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for splice

Cite this Entry

“Splice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splice. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for splice

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

splice

transitive verb
\ 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

More from Merriam-Webster on splice

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for splice

Nglish: Translation of splice for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about splice

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!