Definition of splice in English:

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Pronunciation: /splīs/


[with object]
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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
More example sentences
  • 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).
Example sentences
  • 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.


A union of two ropes, pieces of timber, or similar materials spliced together at the ends.
Example sentences
  • 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!



Pronunciation: /ˈsplīsər/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with splice

advice, bice, Brice, choc ice, concise, dice, entice, gneiss, ice, imprecise, lice, mice, nice, precise, price, rice, sice, slice, speiss, spice, suffice, syce, thrice, top-slice, trice, twice, underprice, vice, Zeiss

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