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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The fresh-looking, clipboard-clutching innocents interviewing museum visitors don’t realize what a nefarious mission they’ve been enlisted to advance. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Bridges’ Art Populism," 14 Sep. 2019 But when people appear and agree to endorse the cause, the signature collector flips his clipboard over and asks them to sign the recall petition. Los Angeles Times, "Targets of Westminster City Council recall campaign accuse opponents of misleading tactics," 31 Aug. 2019 After four years of standing on football sidelines, the bulk of that time wearing a baseball cap and holding a clipboard, Sinnett has reached his goal. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Longtime backup QB Sinnett named starter for USD," 24 Aug. 2019 Menus are also getting a revamp, with binders instead of clipboards. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Good pizza and creative beer at 3 Sons Brewing in Dania Beach," 5 Sep. 2019 As someone who has endured countless years of Samuel Granule's orders being bellowed into his ear canals, Nolan knows exactly what to do when the clipboard emerges., "Three Years On: How 2019 England Might Have Looked if Sam Allardyce Was Still in Charge," 4 Sep. 2019 The City Guides folks, those public-spirited souls who wear red jackets and carry clipboards, were conducting another of their first-rate, free, the price-is-right tours of a San Francisco icon. Steve Rubenstein,, "Step back in history at the Ferry Building, before the days of $5 coffee," 31 Aug. 2019 Hartman’s walking stick and presentation sword are on display on the second floor, as are leather postcards from the Hartman family and a clipboard from the Hartman Flour Mill. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This massive turn of the century Queen Anne-style home in New Albany is a knockout," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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