Definition of splice in English:


Syllabification: splice
Pronunciation: /splīs


[with object]
  • 1Join or connect (a rope or ropes) by interweaving the strands: we learned how to weave and splice ropes a cord was spliced on figurative the work splices detail and generalization
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    • There are a variety of connectors available that allow you to splice the ropes end to end, in a T-shape, or in a Y-shape.
    • Vantec did a nice job splicing the cables, and binding them nicely with the rubber housing.
    • Without the money for college, he started working for New York Telephone splicing cables in 1966.
    interweave, braid, plait, entwine, intertwine, interlace, knit, mesh; Nautical marry
  • 1.1Join (pieces of timber, film, or tape) at the ends: commercials can be spliced in later I was splicing together a video from the footage on opium-growing
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    • Film-makers have dubbed songs over personal footage to create their own music videos while others have spliced sections of different films together to create new plots.
    • Not content with delving into various mediums with which to present their releases, which in the past have been anything from 8 track cartridges to spliced tape segments.
    • Are you constantly shooting a scene multiple times in multiple ways and then splicing your favorite pieces together in the editing room?
    join, attach, stick together, unite; blend, mix together
  • 1.2 Genetics Join or insert (a gene or gene fragment).
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    • The set of genes with conserved alternatively spliced exons therefore serves as a function-matched control for comparison to genes with genome-specific alternatively spliced exons.
    • In higher eukaryotes, introns are spliced out of protein-coding mRNAs by the spliceosome, a massive complex comprising five non-coding RNAs and about 200 proteins.
    • Mammalian genomes contain a large number of alternatively spliced genes that have multiple ‘variable’ first exons.


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  • A union of two ropes, pieces of timber, or similar materials spliced together at the ends.
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    • The mooring and towing of oil rigs and huge ships rely on the strength and durability of thick ropes and the splices that join those ropes.
    • Thanks to the suspension tops and diagonal drop-down field splices, the fill-in pieces were successfully erected and positioned, says Budzius.
    • Then I felt the thickening of the rope - a splice!



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  • For years he was a high-voltage cable splicer, a job he loved because it meant working outdoors with plenty of freedom and overtime pay.
  • With two buttons you can accomplish more than an afternoon with a pile of reel-to-reel tape, scissors and splicer.
  • Having no splicer, Markopoulos edited the film with a magnifying glass, cellophane tape an a razor blade.


early 16th century: probably from Middle Dutch splissen, of unknown origin.

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