clip

1 of 4

verb (1)

clipped; clipping

transitive verb

1
2
a
: to hold in a tight grip : clutch
b
: to clasp, fasten, or secure with a clip

clip

2 of 4

noun (1)

1
: any of various devices that grip, clasp, or hook
2
: a device to hold cartridges for charging the magazines of some rifles
also : a magazine from which ammunition is fed into the chamber of a firearm
3
: something (such as a piece of jewelry) that is worn as an ornament or fastener and that is held in position by a clip

clip

3 of 4

verb (2)

clipped; clipping

transitive verb

1
a
: to cut or cut off with or as if with shears
clip a dog's hair
clip an hour off traveling time
b
: to cut off the distal or outer part of
(2)
: to cut items out of (a publication, such as a newspaper)
2
b
: to abbreviate in speech or writing
3
: hit, punch
especially : to strike in passing
the car skidded off the road and clipped a lamppost
4
: to illegally block (an opposing player) in football
5
: to take money from unfairly or dishonestly especially by overcharging
the nightclub clipped the tourist for $200

intransitive verb

1
: to clip something
2
: to travel or pass rapidly
3
: to clip an opposing player in football

clip

4 of 4

noun (2)

1
a
clips plural, Scotland : shears
b
: a 2-bladed instrument for cutting especially the nails
2
: something that is clipped: such as
a
: the product of a single shearing (as of sheep)
b
: a crop of wool of a sheep, a flock, or a region
c
: a section of filmed, videotaped, or recorded material
d
: a clipping especially from a newspaper
3
: an act of clipping
4
: a sharp blow
5
: rate sense 1a
continues at a brisk clip
6
: a single instance or occasion : time
he charged $10 a clip
often used in the phrase at a clip
trained 1000 workers at a clip

Examples of clip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
One post was a boomerang clip of the couple toasting while giving cheers with their glasses at a restaurant. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 In a clip from Monday, Weather Channel correspondent Justin Michaels said Cincinnatians needed to prepare for possible flooding, hail and tornadoes Tuesday. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 2 Apr. 2024 Behind the selloff was the Personal Consumption Expenditures price index, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, which rose 2.5% for the 12 months that ended in February, a faster clip than January’s price increase. Krystal Hur, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 Sora via OpenAI The clip that’s supposed to show a nonbinary person playing games in outer space is conspicuous among the three videos. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 2 Apr. 2024 In the clip, Reimche can be seen strolling the path in front of the store, swinging open the door and entering like any normal patron. USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 Even better, there’s a front zippered pocket under a magnetic flap for maximum security, a tethered interior key clip with an LED light, and locking zipper pulls. Samantha Leal, Travel + Leisure, 31 Mar. 2024 In the clip, the comedians gets too high during what’s supposed to be a fun night out with the rapper. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 31 Mar. 2024 However, Kimmel did, in fact, make that the headline of the YouTube clip. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2024
Verb
Just make sure to clip the coupon before checking out to unlock the savings. Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2024 Remember to clip the $40 on-page coupon to get the lowest possible price. PCMAG, 1 Apr. 2024 Starting with one corner of your duvet, push it into a far corner of the cover, then tie or clip it to the cover. Justin Scuiletti, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 The engraving was framed with a clipping from the Chicago Tribune from the morning of April 15, 1865, the day Lincoln died, the day after he was shot. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 Star jasmine can tolerate shade, grow as a vigorous ground cover, blanket walls, or be clipped into a hedge. Marissa Wu, Southern Living, 12 Mar. 2024 The band members were eight of 10 people who died when the jet's wing clipped a rock and crashed into a mountain near the United States–Mexico border. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 18 Mar. 2024 Early in his career, his ambition helped clip the puppet strings of his boy band image and establish him as a serious and legitimate solo artist. Lindsay Zoladz, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 The thing that something must be done about is clipping the wings of the Beijing regime. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English clippen, from Old English clyppan; akin to Old High German klāftra fathom, Lithuanian globti to embrace

Verb (2)

Middle English clippen, from Old Norse klippa

First Known Use

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of clip was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near clip

Cite this Entry

“Clip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clip. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

clip

1 of 4 verb
clipped; clipping
: to fasten with a clip
clip the papers together

clip

2 of 4 noun
1
: a device that grips, clasps, or hooks
2
: a device for loading cartridges into a firearm
3
: a piece of jewelry held by a clip

clip

3 of 4 verb
clipped; clipping
1
: to cut or cut off with or as if with shears
clip a hedge
clip out a news item
2
: to cut off or trim the hair or wool of
have the dog clipped

clip

4 of 4 noun
1
: a two-bladed instrument for cutting especially the nails
2
: a section of filmed, videotaped, or recorded material
3
: an act of clipping
4
: a sharp blow
5
: a rapid pace
move along at a good clip
Etymology

Verb

Old English clyppan "to clasp"

Verb

Middle English clippen "to cut," of Norse origin

Medical Definition

clip

noun
: a device used to arrest bleeding from vessels or tissues during operations

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