January 28, 2013
splice (verb)
\SPLYCE\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to unite (as two ropes) by weaving the strands together2 : to unite (as rails or pieces of film) by connecting the ends together
How do you use it?
We had to splice another length of rope to this one so it would be long enough to wrap all the way around the cargo.
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From the language of which sea-going people do you think English acquired "splice"?

Aye, aye, you're on the right course if you chose answer D. "Splice" was first used by sailors, so it's no surprise that it was adopted from the language of the Dutch, who were notable sea-farers. "Splice" comes to English from an obsolete Dutch word, "splissen," which meant the same thing as "splice." The origin of "splissen" is not known for sure, but it is a linguistic cousin of another medieval Dutch word, "splitten," meaning "to split." English sailors first started using "splice" sometime around 1500.
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