alligator clip

noun
Updated on: 17 Apr 2018

Definition of alligator clip

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

Recent Examples of alligator clip from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'alligator clip.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Illustration of alligator clip

illustration of alligator clip

First Known Use of alligator clip

1935


Learn More about alligator clip


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up alligator clip? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to speak or write verbosely and windily

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!