splice

[ splahys ]
/ splaɪs /

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

noun

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Idioms for splice

    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)

OTHER WORDS FROM splice

splice·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 the main brace

splice
/ (splaɪs) /

verb (tr)

noun

Derived forms of splice

splicer, noun

Word Origin for splice

C16: probably from Middle Dutch splissen; related to German spleissen, Swedish splitsa; see split
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Scientific definitions for splice the main brace

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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