• Clipper Sailing-ship of 1850-60
    Clipper Sailing-ship of 1850-60
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clipper scissors for cutting hair or finger nails (often used in the plural)
    • n clipper shears for cutting grass or shrubbery (often used in the plural)
    • n clipper a fast sailing ship used in former times
    • n clipper (electronics) a nonlinear electronic circuit whose output is limited in amplitude; used to limit the instantaneous amplitude of a waveform (to clip off the peaks of a waveform) "a limiter introduces amplitude distortion"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Ocean Herald. American clipper. 1855 The Ocean Herald. American clipper. 1855
The Great Republic. American clipper. 1853 The Great Republic. American clipper. 1853

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clipper (Electronics) a circuit that limits the amplitude of a waveform.
    • Clipper A machine for clipping hair, esp. the hair of horses.
    • Clipper (Naut) A vessel with a sharp bow, built with a fast hull and tall sails, rigged for fast sailing, and used in trade where the cargo capacity was less important than the speed; -- called also clipper ship.
    • Clipper One who clips; specifically, one who clips off the edges of coins. "The value is pared off from it into the clipper's pocket."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clipper One who or that which clips; especially, one who reduces the size, value, or importance of anything by clipping it.
    • n clipper A cutting-tool of the nature of shears; specifically, a tool with rotating or reciprocating knives used for cutting hair, and especially for clipping horses. See clipping-shears.
    • n clipper A sailing vessel built with very sharp lines, more or less raking masts, and great spread of canvas, with a view to speed: a development of a model for the mercantile marine first built at Baltimore, U. S., and called the Baltimore clipper. The clippers, becoming famous for quick runs, and occasionally making better time than the steamers, were especially employed in the South American fruit-trade, in the China trade for cargoes of tea and opium, and in the early California traffic by the Cape Horn route (1849–50). Also called clipper-ship.
    • n clipper A person or an animal that runs swiftly, or looks as if capable of running swiftly; a very smart person; something first-rate.
    • n clipper An Australian bird of the genus Ephthianura: as, the wag-tail clipper, E. albïfrons.
    • n clipper The larva of species of Sialis, a genus of neuropterous insects, used for bait by anglers. Also called, in the United States, crawler, dobson, and hellgrammite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Clipper one that clips: a sharp-built, fast-sailing vessel:
    • ns Clipper (slang) a dashing person
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from Ice. klippa, to cut; Dan. klippe.


In literature:

You're the clipper build I like.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
They can't be carried on straight stems, and clipper-bows aren't wanted these days, wasting good metal.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
This implement, used to trim cattle horns, works like a gigantic clipper.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
The shearers, the clippers of the fleeces, struck work.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
She's a clipper, and I never did hear anything 'specially bad of her, beyond cappin'.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Saw there some of the first of those Yankee clippers that have since almost monopolized the China carrying trade.
"Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas" by W. Hastings Macaulay
Cling, clang, across the room flew the clippers, twisted from Leadbury's hand as neatly as you please.
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis
Guess some o' them clippers can show as good a record as any steamer afloat.
"Harper's Young People, April 13, 1880" by Various
So he gave me command of one of his tea-clippers, and I handed over to his care all I held dear.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Each little ring of his clipper sent a pang of dread through her.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Do you expect me to think that a coupon clipper could have done that?
"In the Orbit of Saturn" by Roman Frederick Starzl
Now, this would rig out a smart young craft as gay as a clipper!
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
There could be no doubt as to the trade which engaged such a clipper craft.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
Various types of dehorning shears or clippers are in general use.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
His shots were grass-clippers that could have substituted for a lawn mower.
"Take the Reason Prisoner" by John Joseph McGuire
The Clipper of the Clouds.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Then American sports brought to Switzerland the clipper sled.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
I tell you that young woman is A 1 and clipper built if ever I see such.
"The Wooing of Calvin Parks" by Laura E. Richards
I prune with saw, knife, and clippers, and think it beneficial.
"The Apple" by Various
Don't be impatient, ladies; make your running while the course is your own, for there's a clipper coming.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

A rough old nut, A tough old nut
Of a skipper:
But the right stuff, Sure enough,
For a racing clipper.
"Skipper" by Cicely Fox Smith
Let her blow for Frisco city!
Let the dandy clipper race!
For them swingin' feet an' pretty
Of the gals at Tony's place.
"I've Been Dreamin'" by Bill Adams
Oh, there's drowned an' perished clippers
An' there's rats that died —
But there's gals wi' flowered slippers
An' their skirts flung wide!
"I've Been Dreamin'" by Bill Adams
'Ow would you like to be a packet rat,
Wiv no place anyw'ere to 'ang your 'at?
Wiz two bare feet most bleedin' froze an' wet,
Aboard a clipper wiv her tops'ls set?
"Packet Rat" by Bill Adams
"Next was the clipper Inchcape Rock:
She was a beauty, she was a queen,
Loveliest thing as ever I seen!
Why did I leave 'er? I dunno —
I was tired of 'er — I 'ad to go."
"Dan's Odyssey" by Cicely Fox Smith
Then met I a man standing lounging beside,
Who scornful did speak as he spat in the tide:
"There lies an ould has-been which once had a name
Of a sea-going clipper, a clipper of fame!"
"The Ould Has-Been" by Cicely Fox Smith

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