clip·​board | \ ˈklip-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce clipboard (audio) \

Definition of clipboard

1 : a small writing board with a clip at the top for holding papers
2 : a section of computer memory that temporarily stores data (such as text or a graphics image) especially to facilitate its movement or duplication

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Plants and lightbulbs dangle from the ceiling; the simple menu, printed on brown paper, is presented on a black clipboard. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Best Coffee Shops in Dublin," 20 June 2018 Cleaning out the notepad (and clipboard) after two weeks, here are my 50 Parting Thoughts from the 2018 French Open. Jon Wertheim,, "50 Parting Thoughts From Roland Garros 2018," 10 June 2018 The man with the clipboard politely declined comment and entered the property by an adjacent gate on foot. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "All quiet outside LeBron James' Los Angeles home at start of free agency," 1 July 2018 We were handed an application, a clipboard and a number. Becca Smouse, azcentral, "I went to a casting call for 'The Bachelor.' Here's what happened," 17 June 2018 This is the traditional route: The young quarterback holds a clipboard, learns the offense and avoids being rushed into action. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Here Come the Rookie Quarterbacks. What Took So Long?," 28 Sep. 2018 With characteristic, clipboard-wielding efficiency, Kathryn has organized a long weekend in nature to celebrate the birthday of her husband, Walt Siddell-Bauers (David Tennant). John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Camping’ Review: Roughing It in More Ways Than One," 11 Oct. 2018 The Contour moves well beyond the measuring-tape-and-clipboard approach most builders still use to get data for CAD models, Kaarta CEO Kevin Dowling says, and that will save time. Michael Belfiore, Scientific American, "Portable Laser Range Finder Enables Real-Time 3-D Mapping," 1 May 2017 Jessica Weaver, who has taught art for two years at Holiday Park Elementary School in west Phoenix, sat at a table by the door at Mother Bunch with two other teachers, their petitions on a clipboard. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Arizona's #RedForEd movement evolves into quieter, broader political force," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of clipboard

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clipboard was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of clipboard

: a small board that has a clip at the top for holding papers
: a feature of a computer program that holds a copy of some data (such as words or a picture) and allows the user to move the data to another document or program


clip·​board | \ ˈklip-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce clipboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of clipboard

1 : a small board with a clip at the top for holding papers
2 : a part of computer memory that is used to store data (as items to be copied to another file) temporarily

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