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

Examples of clipping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pick a storm drain in your neighborhood and take it upon yourself to keep the drain free of debris year-round including trash, leaves, and lawn clippings. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 50 ways to celebrate 50 years of Earth Day (from your home during the pandemic)," 17 Apr. 2020 The city is asking residents to use regular trash collection pickups for small piles of brush, lawn clippings and anything weighing less than 50 pounds. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Richardson ends recycling services, reduces trash pickup during coronavirus pandemic," 8 Apr. 2020 Pence stopped by his table, posing for a photograph and autographing a news clipping about the State of the Union address. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "While Trump plays stadiums, Pence tries to woo the heartland one diner at a time," 7 Feb. 2020 Both contained newspaper clippings about the trash levy and had handwritten notes on the articles. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "St. Paul Mayor Carter receives threatening, racist messages on trash debate; police investigating," 22 Oct. 2019 It is said Atletico’s complaint to the Spanish federation was only supported by a copy of Griezmann’s contract with them and as press clippings about rumoured Barcelona talks., "Newspaper Has Proof Antoine Griezmann Agreed Barcelona Deal Before €200m Buyout Clause Dropped," 20 Sep. 2019 Thomas Edison, who built his own electric train at his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory, archived newspaper clippings about Weems in his papers that are housed at Rutgers University. Kevin Leonard,, "The dream of electric trains has origins in Laurel," 6 Sep. 2019 Over here, inside one of several trophy cases below the gym, is a news clipping about the Trojan Basketeers. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: One high school gym, two states, and the midcourt stripe has a secret," 3 July 2019 Researchers planted about 5,000 of clippings in pots before finally getting a single tree that took root. Washington Post, "Clones help famous elm tree named Herbie live on, for now," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of clipping

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Clipping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of clipping

: something cut out or off grass clippings a magazine clipping

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