Definition of splice in English:

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Pronunciation: /splʌɪs/


[with object]
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1Join or connect (a rope or ropes) by interweaving the strands at the ends: we learned how to weave and splice ropes 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.
join, unite, connect, bind, fasten, tie;
Nautical  marry
1.1Join (pieces of timber, film, or tape) at the ends: commercials can be spliced in later he had to splice the short music films together
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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?
1.2 Genetics Join or insert (a gene or gene fragment): they have spliced a gene into tomatoes that improves flavour
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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.


1A join consisting of two ropes, pieces of tape or timber, etc. joined together at the ends: so smooth is the splice that you can’t see the join
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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!
1.1The wedge-shaped tang of a cricket-bat handle, forming a joint with the blade.
Example sentences
  • However, it's quicker than he expects: it comes off the splice of his bat, and loops high into the air and Harmison takes an easy catch at square leg.
  • For the second day in a row, VRV Singh charged in and caught the splice on several occasions but groaned and cussed as catches went to ground.
  • Mark Vermeulen failed to get behind a rising delivery from Edwards and lobbed a simple catch off the splice to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at gully.



get (or be) spliced

British informal Get married.
Example sentences
  • And as soon as she was spliced, she hopped back on to the machine, with new husband Christopher Manners, to ride off to their reception.
get married, marry, wed, get wed, become man/husband and wife, plight one's troth
informal tie the knot, get hitched, get yoked, take the plunge, say ‘I do’
archaic become espoused

splice the main brace

British historical (In the navy) serve out an extra tot of rum.
Perhaps arising from the issue of a tot of rum as a reward for the actual splicing of the main brace, which would be a rare and difficult operation
Example sentences
  • They secured the engine after twenty seconds and spliced the main brace in celebration.
  • Let us splice the main brace to steel the men before battle.
  • Lunch is also special with turkey on the menu and the whole camp again spliced the main brace at eleven thirty and again at half past two.



Pronunciation: /ˈsplʌɪsə/
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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