Definition of splice in English:



  • 1 Join 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’
    • ‘It splices the twin themes of peace and humanity with an undercurrent of Indo-Pak relations.’
    • ‘Without the money for college, he started working for New York Telephone splicing cables in 1966.’
    • ‘This line was made by splicing a 100-foot section of handmade rope, fashioned methodically by Antoni and her assistant over months, to a section of manufactured industrial rope.’
    • ‘Dad and Uncle Will got the idea of splicing a length of manila rope to a 3/4-inch diameter ‘6 x 7’ construction wire rope.’
    • ‘Here he splices together strands of blues and straight down-the-line rock with some folk, psychedelia, trip-hop and world music influences.’
    • ‘After removing the arms, she rifled through the copious wires, cutting some and splicing others, until she had unhooked a small laser pistol from its mount on the Lookout's wrist.’
    • ‘Strip the wires as needed, then splice them to the fixture wires with twist-on wire connectors.’
    • ‘Other activities which have passed out of vogue were rabbit skinning, poultry dressing and rope splicing.’
    • ‘They'd erect the posts, splice them together with the ropes and everything.’
    • ‘As teams always are looking to splice rookie talent into their running games, veteran backs can go from main attractions to forgettable short features in a hurry - just ask Travis Henry.’
    • ‘Vantec did a nice job splicing the cables, and binding them nicely with the rubber housing.’
    • ‘Since it was official multicultural policy that different cultures should be preserved rather than blended, spliced and interwoven, this all seemed rational.’
    • ‘A certified sailing instructor, Tritch can teach almost anything nautical, from splicing rope and knot-tying to tearing down heads and tuning up engines.’
    • ‘Mr. Wilde was unable to say what was the nature of the rot in the wood spliced on to the original part of the bressummer, but he considered the stain on the original part of the beam to be evidence of dry rot.’
    • ‘But when a memoir starts moving the order of events, or splicing characters into composites, it's further manipulating reality, tidying it up for the purposes of the grand narrative design.’
    • ‘Will the two splicing connectors in the middle affect this 12 meter length and, if so, by how much?’
    • ‘This alleviates the need to splice the 115V cable so you can pass through the rear panel from inside the case, thus making for a cleaner installation.’
    • ‘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.’
    interweave, braid, plait, entwine, intertwine, interlace, knit, mesh
    join, unite, connect, bind, fasten, tie
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    1. 1.1 Join (pieces of timber, film, or tape) at the ends:
      ‘commercials can be spliced in later’
      ‘he had to splice the short music films together’
      • ‘So I learned how to splice film and I got rather good at it.’
      • ‘There's also some material about a bus and a museum theft that makes no sense at all, and feels spliced in from another film.’
      • ‘For the early film-makers, such as Georges Melies and the Lumiere brothers, editing and being able to splice film was part of how to put scenes together.’
      • ‘Many scenes on the field were filmed with the real players, and much stock footage of Sayers and Piccolo in action are also spliced in.’
      • ‘‘On The Set Action’ is a very short music video-ish feature that shows clips from the film spliced with behind-the-scenes footage.’
      • ‘Oh sure, there are newsreel interviews and radio Q & As with each of the boys, but it's all out-of-context content, material removed from its original entity and spliced in to make this movie seem more authentic.’
      • ‘This is the director's cut of the film, where about four minutes of extra scenes are spliced back into the film.’
      • ‘Are you constantly shooting a scene multiple times in multiple ways and then splicing your favorite pieces together in the editing room?’
      • ‘But just a few years ago, he would have had to splice reel-to-reel audio tapes to make his test materials - several times, in order to get randomized presentation orders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They butchered the film, hacking and splicing it, grinding their heels into Sergio's soul.’
      • ‘This softness seems in part to be intentional in order to replicate the grainy news and other stock footage which is occasionally spliced in.’
      • ‘Students then need to decide on how best to select and splice lengths of film into a single piece and edit it until it becomes a unified movie.’
      • ‘The scenes are spliced in throughout the presentation, so you will not come across many entirely new scenes, though a few do exist, but not of great length.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, Freeman's comments were recorded separately and spliced in.’
      • ‘The lengthy performance numbers seem almost spliced in from another movie, and the narrative flow gets lost every time the film detours into a concert hall.’
      • ‘Whether they simply spliced in interview footage into the commentary or Tommy simply tells the same stories exactly the same way I don't know.’
      • ‘The frame jumps, shakes and flickers as if the film were badly spliced together, but this annoying defect only happens two or three times during the film.’
      • ‘What is provided is Demme's commentary with comments recorded in interviews with Jung spliced in, balanced about 90-10 in Demme's favor.’
    2. 1.2Genetics Join or insert (a gene or gene fragment):
      ‘they have spliced a gene into tomatoes that improves flavour’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mendel did not splice genes; he didn't actually control anything at all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To minimize redundancy, short sequences of fewer than 20 amino acid residues were excluded, and only one such sequence from each set of homologous alternatively spliced genes was retained.’


  • 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’
    • ‘The height of the forms and the tapering of the tower necessitated mechanical rebar splices.’
    • ‘These work well as mending plates or for light-duty wood-to-wood splices.’
    • ‘All that remains is to fasten the bow to a tuft of hair, using the ends of the center splice to tie the knot.’
    • ‘Special metal plywood clips will add stability to the splices where the sheets meet between rafters.’
    • ‘Coils of lights are available in lengths of up to about 150 feet, along with all of the splice and power cord fittings, to allow you to make up just about whatever length and shape you're looking for.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Attenuation can be attributed to a number of elements, including fiber distance, number of patch panel connections and splices, dirty fiber connectors.’
    • ‘Thanks to the suspension tops and diagonal drop-down field splices, the fill-in pieces were successfully erected and positioned, says Budzius.’
    • ‘Panel size is derived from the 1.5m width of the metal coil and the desire for a surface without splices, yielding 1.14m square panels with folded returns.’
    • ‘Avoid pieces that are bent out of shape or heavily restored with new splices or soldering.’
    • ‘The fabrication was done so well that at first glance the splice isn't noticeable; closer inspection, however, reveals two sets of dorsal fins.’
    • ‘‘Old hand’ instructors used it as they put us raw recruits through our paces: square-bashing, knots and splices, gunnery practice, what to do in the event of atomic or chemical attack, and the like.’
    • ‘The use of integrated circuitry eliminates the necessity for hard wiring and greatly reduces the number of wires and splices in the vehicle also reducing the potential for problems.’
    • ‘Then I felt the thickening of the rope - a splice!’
    1. 1.1 The wedge-shaped tang of a cricket-bat handle, forming a joint with the blade.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mark Vermeulen failed to get behind a rising delivery from Edwards and lobbed a simple catch off the splice to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at gully.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fast bowlers bang the ball in but nothing hits the splice of the bat, there are no edges, shoulders drop and there is an air of lethargy and helplessness in the movement of fielders.’


  • get (or be) spliced

    • informal Get married.

      • ‘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 husband and wife, become man and wife, plight one's troth
      tie the knot, get hitched, get yoked, take the plunge, say ‘i do’
      become espoused
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  • splice the main brace

    • historical (in the navy) serve out an extra tot of rum.

      • ‘Let us splice the main brace to steel the men before battle.’
      • ‘Today, to say to a friend, ‘Let's splice the main brace!’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They secured the engine after twenty seconds and spliced the main brace in celebration.’
      • ‘Time to splice the main brace and do what we Brits do best, battle the French.’


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