paper clip


Definition of paper clip

: a length of wire bent into flat loops that is used to hold papers together

Examples of paper clip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tape or staple a paper clip to the nose of each paper airplane. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Build a Paper Airplane Launcher," 6 Feb. 2020 Crows, jays and other corvids fashion tools from paper clips to fetch food. Melissa Chan, Time, "Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too," 22 Jan. 2020 Izak’s coach at his training center in this suburb of Detroit used a paper clip to attach a piece of felt dabbed with peppermint oil to the right side Izak’s shirt collar. NBC News, "Parents pay thousands for 'brain training' to help kids with ADHD and autism. But does it work?," 20 Dec. 2019 Virginia native Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing has racked up five grandfather clocks of his own at the Martinsville paper clip. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NASCAR Betting: First Data 500 picks and betting tips," 27 Oct. 2019 Now take a refrigerator magnet and wand it over the paper clip. Richard Panek, Twin Cities, "Richard Panek: Gravity? Who knows?," 5 Oct. 2019 The most deadly, the golden poison dart, inhabits the small range of rain forests along Colombia’s Pacific coast, and grows to around two inches long (roughly the size of a paper clip). Daniel Jameson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in the World—And Where to Find Them," 19 Sep. 2019 The stuff of her days is Post-It Notes and paper clips, Bic pens and pushpins., "Hernandez supports her art with office work. The stuff of her days is Post-It Notes and paper clips, Bic pens and pushpins. It’s also, now, the stuff of her art.," 24 Oct. 2019 Between February and March, the patient had ingested a nail, a part of a razor, the top of a beer can, paper clips, and had inserted pens into his body in front of CVH staff members who were supposed to be watching him, inspection records say. Josh Kovner,, "Connecticut Valley Hospital sanctioned again after man ingests AAA batteries; emergency room doctor who performed multiple surgeries on patient files complaint," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of paper clip

1851, in the meaning defined above

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20 Feb 2020

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“Paper clip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of paper clip

: a piece of wire bent into flat loops that is used to hold sheets of paper together

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Kids Definition of paper clip

: a piece of bent wire used to hold sheets of paper together

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