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 The researchers isolate bundles of fibers from each of the major nerves in the arm and wrap each bundle in a chunk of muscle tissue roughly the size of a paper clip, often harvested from the thigh. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Minimuscles let amputees control a robot hand with their minds," 4 Mar. 2020 Hot dog waffles aren’t exactly a classic staple of modern cuisine, but hot diggity dog, this recipe — which involves the odd method of scooping out fun strands of raw hot dogs with a paper clip, a.k.a. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "People Are Very Attached to This Waffle Recipe Featuring, Wait For It, Paper Clip-Carved Hot Dog Noodles," 3 Mar. 2020 Think of the zipper, the ballpoint pen or the paper clip — items designed out of frustration with the existing order. cleveland, "2020 Toyota Highlander review: A vehicle sure to excite any parent," 22 Feb. 2020 Bostrom imagined a superintelligent robot, programmed with the seemingly innocuous goal of manufacturing paper clips. Quanta Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Will Do What We Ask. That’s a Problem.," 30 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of paper clip

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paper clip was in 1851

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19 Mar 2020

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“Paper clip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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