- to join together or unite (two ropes or parts of a rope) by the interweaving of strands.
- to unite (timbers, spars, or the like) by overlapping and binding their ends.
- to unite (film, magnetic tape, or the like) by butting and cementing.
- to join or unite.
- Genetics. to join (segments of DNA or RNA) together.
- Informal. to unite in marriage: They'll be spliced in June.
- a joining of two ropes or parts of a rope by splicing.
- the union or junction made by splicing.
- a joining or junction of two pieces of timber, spar, etc., by overlapping and fastening the ends.
- a joining of film, electromagnetic tape, or the like.
- splice the main brace, Nautical.
- to issue a ration of spirits, as grog, to all hands.
- to drink spirits.
Origin of splice
Examples from the Web for splice
He then ordered the purser's steward to splice the main-brace.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
His last name had a splice in the middle of it—'twas Catesby-Stuart.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
But he could neither hew spars, nor paint, nor splice ropes.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
There 's scarce a snake of any size hasn't an emerald or splice of gold in him.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
Why didn't you splice and bring her along in the first place?Pocket Island
Charles Clark Munn
- to join (two ropes) by intertwining the strands
- to join up the trimmed ends of (two pieces of wire, film, magnetic tape, etc) with solder or an adhesive material
- to join (timbers) by overlapping and binding or bolting the ends together
- (passive) informal to enter into marriagethe couple got spliced last Saturday
- splice the mainbrace nautical history to issue and partake of an extra allocation of alcoholic spirits
- a join made by splicing
- the place where such a join occurs
- the wedge-shaped end of a cricket-bat handle or similar instrument that fits into the blade
Word Origin and History for splice
1520s, originally a sailors' word, from Middle Dutch splissen "to splice," ultimately from PIE *(s)plei- "to split, splice" (see flint). The Dutch word was borrowed in French as épisser. Used of motion picture film from 1912; of DNA from 1975. Related: Spliced; splicing.
- To join together genes or gene fragments or insert them into a cell or other structure, such as a virus, by means of enzymes. In genetic engineering, scientists splice together genetic material to produce new genes or to alter a genetic structure. In messenger RNA, the introns are removed, and exons are spliced together to yield the final messenger RNA that is translated. See also exon intron.