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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

splice the mainbrace

nautical To 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" was originally 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.
See also: splice

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

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

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

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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When the steel cords of belts being tested finally gave way, the breaks didn't occur at the splices," he said.
This splice kit includes a cover that is made with abrasion-resistant EPDM rubber as a slip-on insulator, which minimizes wear caused by vibration.
Because the tube is applied by unwrapping and pulling a perforated core that supports the tube, installation presents fewer risks to installers than when using torches or force to install a splice.
Charles engineers developed two new splice bracket options to provide users with a choice between fiber-only splicing and copper/fiber co-location splicing.
The test team also did an operational evaluation where they applied three cold splices to a United States Coast Guard H-60 in an area where the splices were exposed repeatedly to altitudes, winds, and even salt water.
This indicates that small changes in a nucleotide sequence near a splice point can lead to large changes in splice site choice and proteins produced.
Temperature rating is -40[degrees] to 90[degrees] C for tap or branch cathodic splices up to 50V.
Designed for outdoor and direct-burial tap or branch cathodic splices, VisiLock is pre-filled with King's innovative SmartGel, a non-toxic, waterproof, corrosion proof gel that insulates and encapsulates splices.
The first operation is an ultrasonic cutting action, which splices the two layers together.
The mooring and towing of oil rigs and huge ships rely on the strength and durability of thick ropes and the splices that join those ropes.
The new tesa butt splicing assortment features the ultra-thin tesa 51444 and tesa 51454 single-sided printable and coatable repulpable tapes, tesa 51444 is especially helpful for automatic splicing and tissue folding equipment where smooth processing is a must, tesa 51454 features a slit liner for easier handling when making manually applied butt splices.
The splices are easy to install, requiring only basic mechanical skills.
While this solution looked promising, the crimped splices on the cable assembly didn't meet the company's 80 lb tensile requirement.
The sliding splice tray provides easy access to splices from the front of the frame, and supports both single fiber and mass fusion splicing options.
A new sensor using electrical resistance technology helps converters and laminators detect splices in both plastic film and metal foil.