clip·​ping | \ ˈkli-piŋ How to pronounce clipping (audio) \

Definition of clipping

: something that is clipped off or out of something else grass clippings especially : an item clipped from a publication

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Mowers can mulch clippings (repeatedly cut and recut them), discharge them to the side or rear, or bag them. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 High-lift blade: A high-lift blade produces airflow to push grass clippings into a bag or out the discharge chute. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Do I Need To Change My Lawnmower Blades?," 22 Jan. 2019 The trades blow through the Marshall Islands consistently from east to west, and, due to the orientation of the Kwaj, that meant clipping through a 20-knot breeze to reach the control center. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018 And Microsoft made an effort to strengthen other features, such as a new clipboard that syncs between devices and a new screen clipping and screenshotting tool. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name," 17 Aug. 2018 Prevent Seed Distribution Bag any plants or clippings and immediately discard them (don’t throw them in the compost pile or use as mulch!) in the landfill. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Crabgrass Once and for All," 25 June 2018 There’s a whole collection of newspaper clippings and old ads. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Ehrler's Ice Cream is back with so many sweet memories for Louisville," 4 May 2018 All those true-blue practicalities—slipping an unused crop down a boot or clipping spurs on a belt loop—were addressed in the final product. Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "Behold: The Most Stylish Equestrian Winter Work Suit," 8 Jan. 2019 To help the compost break down quickly into useable organic material, alternate layers of green matter (kitchen scraps and grass clippings) with brown matter (dead leaves and shredded cardboard). Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Compost," 4 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of clipping

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of clipping

chiefly US : something (such as an article or a picture) that has been cut out of a newspaper or magazine
: a small piece that has been cut off of something


clip·​ping | \ ˈkli-piŋ How to pronounce clipping (audio) \

Kids Definition of clipping

: something cut out or off grass clippings a magazine clipping

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