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spline

[ splahyn ]
/ splaɪn /
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noun

verb (used with object), splined, splin·ing.Machinery.

to provide with a spline or key.
to provide with a keyway.

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Origin of spline

First recorded in 1750–60; originally East Anglian dialect ; perhaps akin to splint; compare Old English splin “spindle”
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British Dictionary definitions for spline

spline
/ (splaɪn) /

noun

any one of a series of narrow keys (external splines) formed longitudinally around the circumference of a shaft that fit into corresponding grooves (internal splines) in a mating part: used to prevent movement between two parts, esp in transmitting torque
a long narrow strip of wood, metal, etc; slat
a thin narrow strip made of wood, metal, or plastic fitted into a groove in the edge of a board, tile, etc, to connect it to another

verb

(tr) to provide (a shaft, part, etc) with splines

Word Origin for spline

C18: East Anglian dialect; perhaps related to Old English splin spindle; see splint
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