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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At Cuddy Family Midtown Park in Anchorage, hundreds of people lined up to sign their names on petition clipboards. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Voters across Alaska sign on to recall Gov. Dunleavy," 2 Aug. 2019 About a half-dozen Coast Guard personnel carefully monitored the operation, the papers on their clipboards flapping in the breeze. Darryl Fears, Washington Post, "A ‘volcano’ at the bottom of the gulf," 1 July 2019 Chapman is at the church early and walking the winding halls looking for her clipboard. Delaney Strunk, CNN, "How a diversity prom allows LGBTQ students to be their authentic selves," 23 June 2019 Some households have been subjected to as many as eight visits during eradication drives in their area, not just from health workers but from clipboard-wielding monitors, too. The Economist, "Pakistan is trying new tactics to eliminate polio," 4 July 2019 Corrigan appears in a hard hat and neon orange vest, holding a clipboard. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 Using phones instead of the clipboards and ballpoint pens which are conventionally employed for the process speeds things up enormously. The Economist, "Armed with smartphones, Colombians are taking on the local mozzies," 4 July 2019 Reading aloud from a questionnaire fastened to a clipboard, a MetroHealth trauma counselor named Violet asks Alondra to provide a brief description of a traumatic injury or victimization that stands out in her memory. Leila Atassi,, "Alondra Rivera begins therapy to unpack a lifetime of trauma: A Greater Cleveland," 3 July 2019 Looking back at the old meal plans, fastened to a bulging clipboard, is one long nostalgic stroll. Stephanie Ganz, Bon Appétit, "How I Conquer Existential Dread By Meal Planning for My Family," 19 June 2019

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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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