Meaning of SPLINE in English

[ splʌɪn ]

■ noun

1》 a rectangular key fitting into grooves in the hub and shaft of a wheel, especially one formed integrally with the shaft which allows movement of the wheel on the shaft.

↘a corresponding groove in a hub along which the key may slide.

2》 a slat.

3》 a flexible wood or rubber strip used especially in drawing large curves.

4》 Mathematics a continuous curve constructed so as to pass through a given set of points.

■ verb secure by means of a ~.

↘fit with a ~.


C18 (orig. East Anglian dialect): perh. related to splinter .

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