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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Recent Examples on the Web The gear selector folds flat, too, allowing the center console to extend into a broad work space for the operator’s laptop, notebook, clipboard and more. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ford’s new F-150: America’s favorite pickup goes hybrid (in more ways than one)," 2 Jan. 2021 Behind the thin covering that served as the tent’s door, the patient could be seen shuffling to a seat as a hospital staff member, holding a clipboard, spoke to him. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County hospitals, at the breaking point, turn away ambulances," 29 Dec. 2020 Nurse Rena Wickert grabbed a clipboard and three swabs to test each of the people in the vehicle for the coronavirus. oregonlive, "Umatilla tribe’s clinic uses innovation, lamprey freezer to respond to COVID-19 crisis," 19 Dec. 2020 There are even some non-autofill suggestions that are really handy, like the clipboard contents or SMS verification codes. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 11—The Ars Technica Review," 23 Sep. 2020 Turning a corner, Yamamoto bumped into a floppy-haired guy who was wearing a puffy jacket and carrying his own clipboard. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Asking All Georgians: Are You Seventeen and a Half?," 14 Dec. 2020 And no one had to feel lonelier on the sideline in his mask and with a clipboard than Tagovaila at the end of Sunday’s 20-13 loss in Denver. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Dolphins’ Tua struggles and gets benched — but perspective shouldn’t die with win streak | Commentary," 22 Nov. 2020 Clipboards should be sanitized and not shared (the assistant shouldn't hand the coach the clipboard). Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Ohio winter high school sports: It's not postponed; what COVID-19 restrictions to expect," 18 Nov. 2020 Fitzpatrick has never appeared in a playoff game and might enjoy the experience of at least holding a clipboard in January. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL trade deadline: What moves should all 32 teams make?," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Clipboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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