verb (used with object), spliced, splic·ing.
- to issue a ration of spirits, as grog, to all hands.
- to drink spirits.
Origin of splice
Word Origin 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.