• (British) IPA: /splaɪs/

splice (plural splices)

  1. (nautical) A junction or joining of ropes made by splicing them together.
  2. (electrical) The electrical and mechanical connection between two pieces of wire or cable.
  3. (cricket) That part of a bat where the handle joins the blade.
  4. Bonding or joining of overlapping materials.
  5. (genetics) The process of removing intron sequences from the pre-messenger RNA, and then joining together exons.
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  • Spanish: empalme

splice (splices, present participle splicing; past and past participle spliced)

  1. To unite, as two ropes, or parts of a rope, by a particular manner of interweaving the strands, -- the union being between two ends, or between an end and the body of a rope.
  2. To unite, as spars, timbers, rails, etc., by lapping the two ends together, or by applying a piece which laps upon the two ends, and then binding, or in any way making fast.
  3. (slang) To unite in marriage.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 3
      But come, it's getting dreadful late, you had better be turning flukes--it's a nice bed; Sal and me slept in that ere bed the night we were spliced.
  4. (figuratively) To unite as if splicing.
    He argues against attempts to splice different genres or species of literature into a single composition.
  5. (genetics) To remove intron sequences from the pre-messenger RNA, and then join together exons.
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  • Portuguese: emendar
  • Spanish: empalmar
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