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tr.v. spliced, splic·ing, splic·es
a. To join (two pieces of film, for example) at the ends.
b. To join (ropes, for example) by interweaving strands.
2. To join (pieces of wood) by overlapping and binding at the ends.
3. To join together or insert (segments of DNA or RNA) so as to form new genetic combinations or alter a genetic structure.
4. Slang To join in marriage: They went to Las Vegas to get spliced.
1. A joining by splicing.
2. A place where parts have been spliced.
[Obsolete Dutch splissen, from Middle Dutch.]
1. to join (two ropes) by intertwining the strands
2. to join up the trimmed ends of (two pieces of wire, film, magnetic tape, etc) with solder or an adhesive material
3. (Forestry) to join (timbers) by overlapping and binding or bolting the ends together
4. (passive) informal to enter into marriage: the couple got spliced last Saturday.
5. (Nautical Terms) splice the mainbrace nautical history to issue and partake of an extra allocation of alcoholic spirits
6. (Knots) a join made by splicing
7. the place where such a join occurs
8. (Cricket) the wedge-shaped end of a cricket-bat handle or similar instrument that fits into the blade
[C16: probably from Middle Dutch splissen; related to German spleissen, Swedish splitsa; see split]
v. spliced, splic•ing,
1. to join together or unite (rope) by the interweaving of strands.
2. to unite (timbers, spars, or the like) by overlapping and binding their ends.
3. to unite (film, magnetic tape, or the like) by butting and cementing.
4. to join or unite.
5. to join (segments of DNA or RNA) together.
6. Informal. to unite in marriage.n.
7. a joining of two ropes or parts of a rope by splicing.
8. the union or junction made by splicing.
[1515–25; < earlier Dutch splissen (now splitsen)]
To join together genes or gene fragments or to insert them into a cell or other structure, such as a virus. In genetic engineering, scientists splice together genetic material to produce new genes or to alter a genetic structure.
See also related terms for insertion.
Past participle: spliced
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|Noun||1.||splice - a junction where two things (as paper or film or magnetic tape) have been joined together; "the break was due to an imperfect splice"|
|2.||splice - joint made by overlapping two ends and joining them together|
joint - junction by which parts or objects are joined together
|Verb||1.||splice - join the ends of; "splice film"|
splice - join together so as to form new genetic combinations; "splice genes"
|2.||splice - perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii"|
officiate - act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding; "Who officiated at your wedding?"
|3.||splice - join together so as to form new genetic combinations; "splice genes"|
splice - join the ends of; "splice film"
|4.||splice - join by interweaving strands; "Splice the wires"|
piece - join during spinning; "piece the broken pieces of thread, slivers, and rovings"
n → Verbindung f; (of ropes also) → Spleiß m (spec); (of tapes, film also) → Klebung f; (of wood also) → Fuge f