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bent on a splice

An older sailing phrase meaning about to or intending to get married. "Bent" in this context means determined or set (on a course of action), and "splice" refers to two ropes that have been joined to create a single, larger one. I can't wait for this voyage to be over, for I'm bent on a splice to my lady as soon as we reach home.
See also: bent, on, splice

get spliced

slang To get married. Primarily heard in UK. My fiancé wants to get spliced in some big, elaborate ceremony, and I really don't.
See also: get, splice

splice (something) to (something else)

To join something to something else by binding, adhering, or interweaving the end points. I bought some new wire and spliced it to the old one at the point where it had been severed. In the old days, film editors had to physically cut up the filmstrips and splice them to one another.
See also: splice, to

splice the mainbrace

nauticalTo issue and partake in an extra ration of alcoholic spirits, especially rum or grog, amongst members of crew aboard a sea vessel. The mainbrace (also spelled "main brace") is a brace attached to the main yard on sailing ships. "Splicing the mainbrace" originally referred to the very difficult job of repairing this brace, one which earned the repairman an extra ration of spirits; eventually, this euphemistic secondary meaning became the primary one. As part of the celebrations for her Diamond Jubilee, the Queen gave the order to all in the Royal Navy to splice the mainbrace as a gesture of good cheer.
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splice together

1. To join two or more things or pieces together by overlapping and binding them at the ends. A noun or pronoun can be used between "splice" and "together." In the old days, film editors had to splice together filmstrips by hand. The wall we're building is longer than the lumber they gave us, so we'll have to splice the planks together to reach the length we need.
2. To interweave the strands of multiple fibrous structures in order to join them as one. A noun or pronoun can be used between "splice" and "together." You can undo the end of a rope, then splice it together with itself You'll need to splice the wires together in order to get the machine working again.
3. To combine two or more different things in order to alter something or create something new. A noun or pronoun can be used between "splice" and "together." The movie shift in tone so dramatically halfway through that you'd be forgiven for thinking that it had been spliced together from two different films. The author's latest book is little more than a rehash of the last three, splicing together the most memorable moments of each into a single narrative.
4. To cause two or more genetic samples to undergo recombination; to mix together the genes of two or more disparate things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "splice" and "together." The mad scientist was arrested for trying to splice humans and dolphins together. We've spliced together these different strains of tomato in order to create a breed that can withstand both intense high and low temperatures.
See also: splice, together
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splice something (in)to something

to connect something to something; to cut and join something into something to connect the two. The workers spliced the small wires into the main cable. Let's splice this rope into the larger one at the halfway point.
See also: splice, to

splice something together

to connect things together, usually by twisting or tying a joint between the two. I spent over an hour splicing the two ends of the ropes together, and it didn't hold for even a minute. He carefully spliced together the two ropes.
See also: splice, together
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

splice the main brace

1 (in the Royal Navy) serve out an extra tot of rum. 2 serve out or start to consume alcoholic drinks. British informal
A sailing ship's main brace is a rope attached to its main spar. Splicing it (making a connection in it by interweaving strands) would have been a particularly onerous task, and the phrase probably arose from the custom of awarding sailors who did it an extra ration of rum.
See also: brace, main, splice
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get ˈspliced

(old-fashioned, British English, informal) get married
The basic meaning of splice is to join the ends of two pieces of rope together.
See also: get, splice
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where [d.sub.b] is the nominal diameter of the reinforcement, [L.sub.s] is the splice length, and [f.sub.s] is the stress of the spliced reinforcement at failure.
The reduced spliced length, as opposed to the length recommended by the ACI specifications, was able to ensure the required tensile strength.
Recent genome-wide analysis suggests that nearly 95% of human genes are alternatively spliced (9,10).
Moreover, another OCT4 spliced variant was introduced, OCT4B3 that is very similar to the OCT4B2 transcript which lacks 207-nt of exon 1b.
With perfect spliced joints and optimally constructed packages it ensures minimal yarn break rates in downstream processing and garments of flawless quality.
To increase our understanding of the relationship between alternative splicing and human disease, methods are required that allow detection of alternatively spliced mRNAs in a large number of clinically relevant tissue samples and in multiple genes.
In this study, we demonstrate that the minisequencing-based tag-microarray system routinely used in our laboratory for multiplexed genotyping of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (20,21) can be adapted to multiplex detection of alternatively spliced transcripts.
To see if the maleness gene was sufficient to make a male, the team then spliced the mouse version of the gene into 158 fertilized mouse eggs.
Michael Gottesman and Ira Pastan of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Md., now say they have successfully spliced the human p-glycoprotein gene into mouse embryos to make strains of mice whose marrow cells can resist a wide variety of anticancer drugs.
Having inserted this DNA into bacteria, they have developed a multicolored system of "reporter genes" they say will allow scientists to measure simultaneously the activity of several otherwise invisible, spliced genes in cell cultures.
At other times it may enter a cell but then doesn't become spliced into the cell's native DNA.
They then spliced into the adenovirus genome the coding sequence for hepatitis B surface antigen--a molecular conformation that, when recognized by the body's immune system, triggers the production of antibodies against hepatitis B.
But all the spliced RNA molecules examined seemed to be the result of the simple deletion of introns from a single gene.