A splice in rope or cable



  • A junction or joining of ropes made by splicing them together.
  • The electrical and mechanical connection between two pieces of wire or cable.
  • That part of a bat where the handle joins the blade.
  • Bonding or joining of overlapping materials.
  • The process of removing intron sequences from the pre-messenger RNA, and then joining together exons.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To unite in marriage.
  • To unite as if splicing.
  • To remove intron sequences from the pre-messenger RNA, and then join together exons.


Narrower meaning words


  • Circa 1525, borrowed from Middle Dutch splissen (Modern Dutch splitsen); akin to Middle Dutch splitten, German spleißen, Spliss, French épisser . The Dutch word originally referred only to the fraying of the ropes' ends, but was then also used for the entire process of fraying and retying; hence the peculiar semantic development from “split” to “join”.

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