clip·​board | \ˈklip-ˌbȯrd \

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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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 The people continue pushing in, and a latecomer grabs the clipboard. Nyssa Kruse,, "CRT Volunteer George Brice Helps The Hungry, 'Rain Or Shine'," 12 July 2018 After Brady held a clipboard for three years, his contract was coming up. Steve Kornacki,, "What if Tom Brady had never stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001?," 12 Apr. 2018 This will copy the screenshot to your clipboard instead of saving it to your desktop. Josie Colt, WIRED, "How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac," 5 July 2018 Before the discussion, volunteers with clipboards registered people outside to vote, across the street from a little more than a dozen armed demonstrators, several of whom waved American flags and handwritten signs. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "March for Our Lives students talk gun violence in San Antonio," 9 July 2018 The line passes by a tall bottle of Elmer’s Glue and Andy’s clipboard, with stickers for Pizza Planet and Rocky Gibraltar, a wrestling collectible in the films. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney Toy Story Land first look: Details bring attraction to life," 28 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 \

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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