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 Rita recently sent Pete a clipping from the Star Tribune, a story about pianist Butch Thompson that jogged musical memories from his childhood. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Pixar's latest Oscar contender gets 'Soul' from Minnesota native," 24 Dec. 2020 Do not allow the grass clippings to blow onto your neighbor's driveway or into the street. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "6 Rules of Yard Etiquette That Southern Neighbors Always Appreciate," 17 Apr. 2020 Initially, the state forensic lab incorrectly reported that no materials had been found on the clippings. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Two years after Alabama woman says she killed her rapist in self-defense, new evidence emerges," 7 Apr. 2020 The mulching plug forces the clippings to stay in the cutting chamber to get finely chopped. Dallas News, "The Tesla of lawn mowing? Ego Power+ battery-powered mower has me ready to ditch the gas," 5 Mar. 2020 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

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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 11 May. 2021.

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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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