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Definition of "spline" [spline]

  • Any of a series of projections on a shaft that fit into slots on a corresponding shaft, enabling both to rotate together. (noun)
  • The groove or slot for such a projection. (noun)
  • A flexible piece of wood, hard rubber, or metal used in drawing curves. (noun)
  • A wooden or metal strip; a slat. (noun)

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 "spline" in a sentence
  • "(The word spline is often incorrectly used for this.)"
  • ""exposure" would have taught them that a spline is a small piece of wood inserted to keep a mortise joint tight."
  • "In most aluminum-framed screens, the screen material is held in place by a vinyl bead called spline which is inserted into a channel that runs the entire perimeter of the frame."