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 people who planned to spend money at the auction typically carried around a notepad or a clipboard, scrawling notes to themselves about which lots looked good to them. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 Frankly, Rattler was more hit than miss during his time at OU despite the way his 2021 season went from Heisman-frontrunner status to holding a clipboard behind Williams. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Holding a clipboard on the bench, Whitney Creech simply blends in with the rest of the coaching staff and players for the Bowling Green High School girls basketball team. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 10 Mar. 2022 The camera then pans upward to Williams holding a clipboard looking at a crossword puzzle. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 19 Feb. 2022 There wasn’t a lot of structure on the ground for humanitarian aid, and Carpenter guided Pearson to an informal network of international volunteers, including one gentleman who was organizing a transport system with a clipboard. Globe Staff,, 25 Apr. 2022 The clipboard of paper forms that for decades has been a standard part of Americans’ doctor visits may soon be a thing of the past. NBC News, 10 Feb. 2022 And the characteristics of his ideal candidate extend beyond the clipboard. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 27 Jan. 2022 Often seen sporting a baseball cap and armed with a clipboard, NFL coach style, Smith used American Football terms and, with the team struggling under his leadership, soon faced a mutinous fan base. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clipboard

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Clipboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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