Definition of "splice" [splice]

  • To join (two pieces of film, for example) at the ends. (verb-transitive)
  • To join (ropes, for example) by interweaving strands. (verb-transitive)
  • To join (pieces of wood) by overlapping and binding at the ends. (verb-transitive)
  • To join together or insert (segments of DNA or RNA) so as to form new genetic combinations or alter a genetic structure. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To join in marriage: They went to Las Vegas to get spliced. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "splice" in a sentence
  • "The comma splice is also called a comma error, comma blunder, and comma fault, but I find these terms too judgemental."
  • "The easiest way to make a strong splice is to use a barrel swivel and two Palomar knots."
  • "Thanks to a splice from the Chinese chestnut it will no longer be susceptible to Dutch elm and will no longer be stunted."