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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a series of projections on a shaft that fit into slots on a corresponding shaft, enabling both to rotate together.
  • n. The groove or slot for such a projection.
  • n. A flexible piece of wood, hard rubber, or metal used in drawing curves.
  • n. A wooden or metal strip; a slat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Any of a number of smooth curves used to join points.
  • n. A strip of wood or other material inserted into grooves in each of two pieces of wood to provide additional surface for gluing.
  • v. To smooth (a curve or surface) by means of a spline.
  • v. To fit with a spline.
  • v. To fasten to or together with a spline.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rectangular piece fitting 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 feather; also, sometimes, a groove to receive such a rectangular piece.
  • n. A long, flexble piece of wood sometimes used as a ruler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fit with a spline.
  • n. In machinery, a rectangular piece or key fitting into a groove in the hub of a wheel, and a similar groove in a shaft, so that, while the wheel may slide endwise on the shaft, both must revolve together. See cut under paint-mill.
  • n. A flexible strip of wood or hard rubber used by draftsmen in laying out broad sweeping curves, especially in railroad work.
  • n. In building, a thin piece of board, especially when used under certain conditions, as in light and thin ceiling, the filling of large panels like the backs of seats in a church, or the curved outer shell of the centering for an arch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thin strip (wood or metal)
  • n. a flexible strip (wood or rubber) used in drawing curved lines

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