Meaning of clip


Pronunciation: (klip), [key]
— v., n. clipped, clipped clipt, clip•ping,
  1. to cut, or cut off or out, as with shears: to clip a rose from a bush.
  2. to trim by cutting: to clip a hedge.
  3. to cut or trim the hair or fleece of; shear: to clip a poodle.
  4. to pare the edge of (a coin). Cf. sweat (def. 22).
  5. to cut short; curtail: We clipped our visit by a week to return home earlier.
  6. to pronounce rapidly, with precise articulation and with omission of certain sounds, as of unstressed vowels: an annoying habit of clipping his words.
  7. to shorten (a word or phrase) by dropping one or more syllables.
  8. to hit with a quick, sharp blow: He clipped him on the jaw with a sudden punch.
  9. to take or get money from by dishonest means; swindle; rook.
  1. to clip or cut something.
  2. to cut articles or pictures from a newspaper, magazine, etc.
  3. to move swiftly: He clipped along the highway on his motorcycle.
  4. to fly rapidly.
  1. the act of clipping.
  2. anything clipped off, esp. the wool shorn at a single shearing of sheep.
  3. the amount of wool shorn in one season.
  4. an instrument for clipping; shears.
  5. See
  6. clipping (def. 2).
  7. a quick, sharp blow: a clip on the jaw.
  8. rate; pace: at a rapid clip.


Pronunciation: (klip), [key]
— n., v., clipped, clip•ping.
  1. a device that grips and holds tightly.
  2. a metal or plastic clasp for holding together papers, letters, etc.
  3. See
  4. an article of jewelry or other decoration clipped onto clothing, shoes, hats, etc.
  5. a flange on the upper surface of a horseshoe.
  6. Also calleda short length of angle iron connecting and maintaining the angle between two members or surfaces.
  7. an embrace.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to grip tightly; fasten with or as if with a clip.
  2. to encircle; encompass.
  3. to block by illegally throwing the body across a player's legs from behind.
  4. to embrace or hug.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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