Spline meaning

splīn
A flexible piece of wood, hard rubber, or metal used in drawing curves.
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A wooden or metal strip; a slat.
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A long, flat, pliable strip, as of wood or metal, esp. one used in drawing curves.
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To fit with a spline.
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In computer graphics, a smooth curve that runs through a series of given points. The term is often used to refer to any curve, because long before computers, a spline was a flat, pliable strip of wood or metal that was bent into a desired shape for drawing curves on paper. See Bezier and B-spline.
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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.
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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.
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(mathematics, computing) Any of a number of smooth curves used to join points.
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(woodworking) A strip of wood or other material inserted into grooves in each of two pieces of wood to provide additional surface for gluing.
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(mathematics, computing) To smooth (a curve or surface) by means of a spline.
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(engineering) To fit with a spline.
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(engineering) To fasten to or together with a spline.
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Origin of spline

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    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition