As noun and verb, splice refers to the overlapping or interweaving of two ends of something to create the strongest possible attachment.

The earliest records of the word splice are from the early 16th century, when it was borrowed from the Middle Dutch verb splissen, used by sailors for joining ropes end to end by interweaving their strands. In 1912, the infant motion-picture industry took over the word splice to refer to the cutting and joining of film in the editing process. In 1975, scientists found they could alter genes by cutting and adding chunks of DNA, creating the science of gene splicing.

Definitions of splice

v join the ends of

splice film”
Type of:
conjoin, join
make contact or come together

v join by interweaving strands

Splice the wires”
join during spinning
Type of:
enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
spin,wind, or twist together

v join together so as to form new genetic combinations

splice genes”
Type of:
conjoin, join
make contact or come together

v perform a marriage ceremony

“The couple got spliced on Hawaii”
marry, tie, wed
conjoin, espouse, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry, wed
take in marriage
solemnise, solemnize
perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
Type of:
act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding

n joint made by overlapping two ends and joining them together

lap joint
Type of:
junction by which parts or objects are joined together

n a junction where two things (as paper or film or magnetic tape) have been joined together

“the break was due to an imperfect splice
Type of:
conjunction, junction
something that joins or connects

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