splice

[ splahys ]
/ splaɪs /

verb (used with object), spliced, splic·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. splenorrhagia,
  2. splenorrhaphy,
  3. splenotomy,
  4. splenotoxin,
  5. spleuchan,
  6. splicer,
  7. splicing,
  8. spliff,
  9. spline,
  10. splint

Idioms

    splice the main brace, Nautical.
    1. to issue a ration of spirits, as grog, to all hands.
    2. to drink spirits.

Origin of splice

1515–25; < earlier Dutch splissen (now splitsen)

Related formssplice·a·ble, adjectivere·splice, verb (used with object), re·spliced, re·splic·ing.un·der·splice, verb (used with object), un·der·spliced, un·der·splic·ing.un·spliced, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for splice

splice

/ (splaɪs) /

verb (tr)

noun

Derived Formssplicer, noun

Word Origin for splice

C16: probably from Middle Dutch splissen; related to German spleissen, Swedish splitsa; see split

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Word Origin and History for splice

splice

v.

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.

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Science definitions for splice

splice

[ splīs ]

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.
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