zip

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v zip close with a zipper "Zip up your jacket--it's cold"
    • v zip move very fast "The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed"
    • n zip a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab
    • n zip forceful exertion "he plays tennis with great energy","he's full of zip"
    • n ZIP a code of letters and digits added to a postal address to aid in the sorting of mail
    • n zip a quantity of no importance "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before","reduced to nil all the work we had done","we racked up a pathetic goose egg","it was all for naught","I didn't hear zilch about it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Smokey the Bear's zip code is 20252.
    • n Zip zĭp A hissing or sibilant sound such as that made by a flying bullet.
    • v. i Zip To make, or move with, such a sound.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The ZIP in "ZIP code" means Zoning Improvement Plan.
    • n zip The sound of a bullet passing through the air or striking against an object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Zip code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, NY.
    • n Zip zip the ping or sound of a bullet striking anything or whizzing through the air.
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Idioms

Zip it - This is used to tell someone to be quiet.
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Zip your lip - If someone tells you to zip your lip, they want to to shut up or keep quiet about something. ('Zip it' is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Imitative
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.

Usage

In literature:

A voice from the darkness shouted a command, there was a flash of fire and the "zip" of a bullet.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
Then they could zip along, almost like on a highway.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
As he went down, he heard the bullet go zip upon the water.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The moment he saw it he gunned his motor and got the car up to twenty-two and zipped away.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
For weeks the performances lacked their customary zip and enthusiasm.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Bullets began to zip past Bob.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
As he zipped open the briefcase he surveyed his features in the mirror.
"Monkey On His Back" by Charles V. De Vet
Nobody can guess the secret, and the whole plot moves along with an exciting zip.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
But at the first heave we heard a bullet zip-zipping past us on the water, followed by the faint report of a rifle.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
A bullet flew past with a sharp zip, the poor beast started and shivered, and a thin stream of blood trickled down his shoulder.
"Soldiers of the Queen" by Harold Avery
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In poetry:

But since I lack his zip and zest
My old bones often tire;
And so I ventured to suggest
Today we hug the fire.
But with what wailing he expressed
The death of his desire!
"My Dog's My Boss" by Robert W Service
The pitcher smiled and cut one loose - across the plate it sped;
Another hiss, another groan. "Strike one!" the umpire said.
Zip! Like a shot the second curve broke just below the knee.
"Strike two!" the umpire roared aloud; but Casey made no plea.
"Casey's Revenge" by Henry Grantland Rice

In news:

The state will soon begin requiring gift card sellers to obtain ZIP codes from buyers so it can claim the value of cards not redeemed after two years.
Taliban bullets tearing up the earth around his boots and zipping past his ears left Australian Cpl.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Taliban bullets tearing up the earth around his boots and zipping past his ears left Australian Cpl.
Ever wish you could zip across New York City a little bit faster.
Enter your city or zip code for current conditions, 5-day outlook and hourly forecast.
Asteroid 2005 YU55 will zip by Earth next week.
Zip up this new trend.
A reader wonders why zippered plastic bags are sold all zipped up.
Zipper Q fundraiser benefits Claremore's Zip Gordon.
Fundraiser donations benefit 4-year-old Zip Gordon of Claremore, who was diagnosed with the disease F.O.P.
" Zip , zip , hooray for Gideon Sundback".
But who doesnt love to Zip Down a Zipper .
Zips now have time to adjust playing time.
Downtown adventure park, zip line still a terrific idea for Waco riverfront.
Since Danny and Buck Boren of Maui launched the first commercial zip line tour in the United States a decade ago on the slopes of Hale­akala, the concept has literally taken off across the island chain and the country.
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In science:

The ZIP detector provides event-by-event discrimination of nuclear recoils from the dominant background of electron recoils.
Limits on spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interactions from the two-tower run of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
Each ZIP’s phonon sensors are divided into four quadrants.
Limits on spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interactions from the two-tower run of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
Also, surface electron recoils often deposit energy in adjacent ZIPs within a tower, causing multiple-detector events.
Limits on spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interactions from the two-tower run of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
The ZIP detectors were fabricated in the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility operated under NSF.
Limits on spin-independent WIMP-nucleon interactions from the two-tower run of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
For an 8′x8′ region around each burst, we include g zipped FITS images in each of the SDSS passbands as well as three color-composite (gri) images of the field in JPEG format.
SDSS Pre-Burst Observations of Recent Gamma-Ray Burst Fields
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