clip·​board ˈklip-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce clipboard (audio)
: a small writing board with a clip at the top for holding papers
: a section of computer memory that temporarily stores data (such as text or a graphics image) especially to facilitate its movement or duplication

Examples of clipboard in a Sentence

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Recent Examples on the Web On a late-April Saturday along historic Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri, people holding makeshift clipboards fashioned from yard signs from past elections invited locals strolling brick sidewalks to sign a petition to get the initiative on Missouri ballots. Samantha Liss, CBS News, 9 May 2024 Its profile picture is a woman in a blue shirt with a short, blonde bob, perched on the end of a couch with a clipboard clasped in her hands and leaning forward, as if listening intently. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 7 May 2024 Guests have often reported seeing the ghosts of a doctor carrying a clipboard, a female nurse and a female patient in a gown wandering the halls together. The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2024 But even as a new-look roster led USC to its first Sweet 16 since 1994, head coach Lindsay Gottlieb’s most critical offseason acquisition might be the coach leaning over a black clipboard at the end of the bench. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 What to drink: The shortest and sweetest of speakeasy menus is a handwritten piece of paper on a clipboard with five drinks on it, which changes daily. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 This will find the URL in your clipboard and offer you links to the song on other platforms. Justin Pot, WIRED, 5 Mar. 2024 If nothing seems to happen, the screen capture has been copied to the clipboard and needs to be pasted into a program that works with images, such as Paint or Word. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2024 He’s had the coaching bug since a church league dad handed him a clipboard and asked him to design his team’s final play. Billy Witz, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Clipboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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clip·​board ˈklip-ˌbō(ə)rd How to pronounce clipboard (audio)
: a small board with a clip at the top for holding papers
: a part of computer memory used to store data temporarily

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