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clip

verb \ ˈklip \

Definition of clip

clipped; clipping
transitive verb
1 : encompass
2 a : to hold in a tight grip : clutch
b : to clasp, fasten, or secure with a clip

Origin and Etymology of clip

Middle English clippen, from Old English clyppan; akin to Old High German klāftra fathom, Lithuanian globti to embrace


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clip

noun

Definition of clip

1 : any of various devices that grip, clasp, or hook
2 : a device to hold cartridges for charging the magazines of some rifles; also : a magazine from which ammunition is fed into the chamber of a firearm
3 : a piece of jewelry held in position by a clip

First Known Use of clip

15th century


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clip

verb

Definition of clip

clipped; clipping
transitive verb
1 a : to cut or cut off with or as if with shears
  • clip a dog's hair
  • clip an hour off traveling time
b : to cut off the distal or outer part of
c (1) : 3excise
(2) : to cut items out of (a publication, such as a newspaper)
2 a : curtail, diminish
b : to abbreviate in speech or writing
3 : hit, punch; especially : to strike in passing
  • the car skidded off the road and clipped a lamppost
4 : to illegally block (an opposing player) in football
5 : to take money from unfairly or dishonestly especially by overcharging
  • the nightclub clipped the tourist for $200
intransitive verb
1 : to clip something
2 : to travel or pass rapidly
3 : to clip an opposing player in football

Origin and Etymology of clip

Middle English clippen, from Old Norse klippa


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clip

noun

Definition of clip

1 a clips plural, Scottish : shears
b : a 2-bladed instrument for cutting especially the nails
2 : something that is clipped: such as
a : the product of a single shearing (as of sheep)
b : a crop of wool of a sheep, a flock, or a region
c : a section of filmed, videotaped, or recorded material
d : a clipping especially from a newspaper
3 : an act of clipping
4 : a sharp blow
5 : rate 4a
  • continues at a brisk clip
6 : a single instance or occasion : time
  • he charged $10 a clip
often used in the phrase at a clip
  • trained 1000 workers at a clip

First Known Use of clip

15th century



CLIP Defined for Kids

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clip

noun \ ˈklip \

Definition of clip for Students

: a device that holds or hooks

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clip

verb

Definition of clip for Students

clipped; clipping
: to fasten with a clip
  • Remember to clip the papers together.

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clip

verb

Definition of clip for Students

clipped; clipping
1 : to shorten or remove by cutting
  • clip a hedge
  • We clipped a leaf to examine it.
2 : to cut off or trim the hair or wool of
3 : to cut out or off
  • He clipped articles from the newspaper.

Headscratcher for clip

The two verbs clip look and sound alike, but have very different meanings. If you are clipping something, you might be attaching it to something else, or you might be cutting it from something else.


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clip

noun

Definition of clip for Students

1 : a sharp blow
2 : a rapid pace
  • My horse moved along at a good clip.
3 : a short section of a recording
  • a film clip

Medical Dictionary

clip

noun \ ˈklip \

medical Definition of clip

: a device used to arrest bleeding from vessels or tissues during operations


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