tr.v. spliced, splic·ing, splic·es
a. To join (two pieces of film, for example) at the ends.
b. To join (ropes, for example) by interweaving strands.
2. To join (pieces of wood) by overlapping and binding at the ends.
3. To join together or insert (segments of DNA or RNA) so as to form new genetic combinations or alter a genetic structure.
4. Slang To join in marriage: They went to Las Vegas to get spliced.
1. A joining by splicing.
2. A place where parts have been spliced.
[Obsolete Dutch splissen, from Middle Dutch.]
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