alligator clip


: a spring-loaded clip that has jaws resembling an alligator's and is used for making temporary electrical connections

Illustration of alligator clip

Illustration of alligator clip

Examples of alligator clip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the debris, investigators found a key component: an alligator clip just like the one in the bomb that nearly killed Augie’s best friend. Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 Alongside the wig came alligator clips, a rat-tail comb, an edge brush, scissors, and a hanging wig storage bag. Alexis Jackson,, 24 Aug. 2023 Just secure the alligator clip to a ground and probe for power. Jon Langston, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2022 Keeping a personal glass tip in your pocket is the new alligator clip. Ricardo Baca, Rolling Stone, 21 Jan. 2022 Divide hair into four even quadrants and secure the sections with large alligator clips. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, 10 Apr. 2020 When the cable reaches the end of the main beam, mark that spot with an alligator clip. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 2 Dec. 2019 Open an elevator phone cabinet, attach alligator clips to the phone line, attach your own phone and call 1-800-444-4444, which reads your number back to you. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 9 Aug. 2019 Mueller became famous for designing the alligator clip, which became his business--producing about 100,000 clips and 33,000 insulators daily in the '60s. Anne Nickoloff,, 11 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alligator clip was in 1935

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“Alligator clip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

alligator clip

: a clip that has jaws resembling an alligator's and is used to make temporary electrical connections
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