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
  1. verb
    join the ends of
    splice film”
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    type of:
    conjoin, join
    make contact or come together
  2. verb
    join by interweaving strands
    Splice the wires”
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    join during spinning
    type of:
    enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
    spin,wind, or twist together
  3. verb
    join together so as to form new genetic combinations
    splice genes”
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    type of:
    conjoin, join
    make contact or come together
  4. verb
    perform a marriage ceremony
    “The couple got spliced on Hawaii”
    synonyms: marry, tie, wed
    conjoin, espouse, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry, wed
    take in marriage
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    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
  5. noun
    joint made by overlapping two ends and joining them together
    synonyms: lap joint
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    type of:
    junction by which parts or objects are joined together
  6. noun
    a junction where two things (as paper or film or magnetic tape) have been joined together
    “the break was due to an imperfect splice
    synonyms: splicing
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    type of:
    conjunction, junction
    something that joins or connects
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