- a long, flat, pliable strip, as of wood or metal, esp. one used in drawing curves
- a flat key or strip that fits into a groove or slot between parts
- the groove or slot into which it fits
Origin of splinefrom eastern; English Anglian dialect, dialectal , probably akin to Norwegian dialect, dialectal splindra, a large, flat splinter: for Indo-European base see split
transitive verbsplined, splin′ing
to fit with a spline
- a. Any of a series of projections on a shaft that fit into slots on a corresponding shaft, enabling both to rotate together.b. The groove or slot for such a projection.
- A flexible piece of wood, hard rubber, or metal used in drawing curves.
- A wooden or metal strip; a slat.
Origin of splineOrigin unknown
- A rectangular piece that fits grooves like key seats in a hub and a shaft, so that while the one may slide endwise on the other, both must revolve together.
- A flexible strip of metal or other material, that may be bent into a curve and used in a similar manner to a ruler to draw smooth curves between points.
- (mathematics, computing) Any of a number of smooth curves used to join points.
- (woodworking) A strip of wood or other material inserted into grooves in each of two pieces of wood to provide additional surface for gluing.
(third-person singular simple present splines, present participle splining, simple past and past participle splined)
- (mathematics, computing) To smooth (a curve or surface) by means of a spline.
- (engineering) To fit with a spline.
- (engineering) To fasten to or together with a spline.