• A silversmith weighing clipped coins. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    A silversmith weighing clipped coins. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clip terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent "My speech was cut short","Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries"
    • v clip cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of "dress the plants in the garden"
    • v clip attach with a clip "clip the papers together"
    • v clip sever or remove by pinching or snipping "nip off the flowers"
    • v clip run at a moderately swift pace
    • n clip a sharp slanting blow "he gave me a clip on the ear"
    • n clip the act of clipping or snipping
    • n clip a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun
    • n clip any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together
    • n clip an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress
    • n clip an instance or single occasion for some event "this time he succeeded","he called four times","he could do ten at a clip"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it...
The man clipped The man clipped
Mauser rifle with clip Mauser rifle with clip

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The diameter of the wire in a standard paper clip is 1 millimeter - or about 0.04 inch.
    • Clip A blow or stroke with the hand; as, he hit him a clip .
    • Clip A clasp or holder for letters, papers, etc.
    • Clip A cutting; a shearing.
    • Clip (Angling) A gaff or hook for landing the fish, as in salmon fishing.
    • Clip (Mach) A part, attachment, or appendage, for seizing, clasping, or holding, an object, as a cable, etc.
    • Clip (Far) A projecting flange on the upper edge of a horseshoe, turned up so as to embrace the lower part of the hoof; -- called also toe clip and beak.
    • Clip A rapid gait. "A three-minute clip ."
    • Clip An embrace. "An humble amplexation of those sacred feet.""Our locked embrasures ."
    • Clip An embracing strap for holding parts together; the iron strap, with loop, at the ends of a whiffletree.
    • Clip The product of a single shearing of sheep; a season's crop of wool.
    • Clip To curtail; to cut short. "All my reports go with the modest truth;
      No more nor clipped , but so."
      "In London they clip their words after one manner about the court, another in the city, and a third in the suburbs."
    • Clip To cut off; as with shears or scissors; as, to clip the hair; to clip coin. "Sentenced to have his ears clipped ."
    • Clip To embrace, hence; to encompass. "O . . . that Neptune's arms, who clippeth thee about,
      Would bear thee from the knowledge of thyself."
    • v. i Clip klĭp To move swiftly; -- usually with indefinite it. "Straight flies as chek, and clips it down the wind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The paper clip was patented by Norwegian inventor Johan Vaaler in 1899. Because Norway had no patent law at the time, he had to travel to Germany where he received his patent in 1900. His U.S. Patent was granted in 1901.
    • clip To embrace; infold; hug; clasp; grasp; grip.
    • clip To hold together by pressure, as with a spring, screw, or bandage.
    • n clip An embrace.
    • n clip A grasp; clasp; grip, as of a machine.
    • n clip A device for closing a vent in a machine.
    • n clip In farriery, a projecting flange on the upper surface of a horseshoe, which partially embraces the wall of the hoof.
    • n clip A metal clasp or confining piece used to connect the parts of a carriage-gear, or to hold the hook of a whipple-tree.
    • n clip A clasp or spring-holder for letters, papers, etc.
    • clip To cut off or sever with a sharp instrument, as shears or scissors; trim or make shorter by cutting: as, to clip the hair; to clip a bird's wings.
    • clip To diminish by cutting or paring: as, to clip coin; “clipped silver,”
    • clip To shorten; curtail; cut short; impair by lessening.
    • clip Hence To pronounce (words) in a shortened form, or with abbreviation.
    • clip To cut hair.
    • n clip The quantity of wool shorn at a single shearing of sheep; a season's shearing.
    • n clip A blow or stroke with the hand.
    • n clip plural Shears, especially sheep-shears.
    • clip To move swiftly, as a falcon, a horse, or a yacht: often with an indefinite it.
    • clip A dialectal form of clepe.
    • n clip In angling, a salmon-gaff.
    • n clip Same as cartridge-clip.
    • n clip Rate of rapid motion, as of horses or yachts: as, a three-mile clip; a fifteen-knot clip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Clip klip to cut by making the blades of shears meet: to cut off: to debase the coin by cutting off the edges: to diminish
    • v.i Clip to go quickly:—pr.p. clip′ping; pa.p. clipped
    • n Clip the thing clipped off, as the wool that has been shorn off sheep: a smart blow
    • adj Clip superb: fast-going
    • v.t Clip klip (Shak.) to embrace: to encircle: to hold firmly
    • n Clip an instrument for holding things firm
    • ***


  • Fulton John Sheen
    Fulton John Sheen
    “The proud man counts his newspaper clippings, the humble man his blessings.”
  • Mae West
    “A man in love is like a clipped coupon -- it's time to cash in.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cluppen, clippen, to embrace, AS. clyran, to embrace, clasp; cf. OHG. kluft, tongs, shears, Icel, klȳpa, to pinch, squeeze, also OE. clippen, to cut, shear, Dan. klippe, to clip, cut, SW. & Icel. klippa,


In literature:

Of course, the clipping had to be.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
He at once clipped his wings, and taking him home at night, gave him to his children.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
All his words were clipped off, to cost minimum effort.
"Under Arctic Ice" by H.G. Winter
I've got a clipping in my handbag here somewhere.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
His bullet head, with its close-clipped hair, was hatless.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
The 100-feet sections were linked together, and to the top and bottom ropes, by the metal clips.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
A bullet clipped away a little portion from John Slaughter's ear.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
Squeeze the spring clip attached to the beaded cable and slip this clip over the wire protruding from the top of the bulb.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Chip dirt, pine needles, or grass clippings will do, or anything else that is light, yet will let the rains or waterings leach through.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various
Fragments whizzed by him at a fearful clip; rays crisscrossed all about him.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner

In poetry:

Let me be clipped of that heritage
And burned for ages through;
Freed and stripped of my fear and rage--
But not of you.
"Rescue" by Jean Starr Untermeyer
His hair upon his thoughtful brow
Came smoothly clipped, and sleek,
But ran into a curl somehow
Beside his merrier cheek.
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
Her locks with sea-ooze dripping
She wrings with a snowy hand;
Her dress is thinly clipping
Two breasts which perfect stand.
"The Mermaid" by Madison Julius Cawein
I clip high-climbing thoughts,
The wings of swelling pride;
Their fall is worst that from the heigh
Of greatest honour slide.
"Content and Rich" by Robert Southwell
Titan his faire beames did hide,
Phoebe 'clip'd her silver light:
In my birth my Mother died,
Young and faire in heavie plight.
"The Nimph Dianaes Song" by Bartholomew Young
O clip not that sweet pear-tree!
Each twig and leaflet spare.
'Tis sacred now,
Since the lord of Shaou,
When weary, rested him there.
"The Love Of The People For The Duke Of Shaou" by Confucius

In news:

This will help you decided what to clip and not clip .
Try to leave at least 15 to 20 percent cover for wildlife and try not to clip blackberry and wild plum thickets.
Try to never clip wild plums.
If you find it necessary, try not to clip them too close due to small plum trees on the outside of the main body.
Wang, Dinesh Manocha, "Efficient Boundary Extraction of BSP Solids Based on Clipping Operations," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol 99, no.
But as the economic recovery slowly picks up speed, consumers who rediscovered their inner couponer continue to clip , scan and otherwise search out ways to get a better price.
Fin- clipping can help ease problem.
Tribal officials explain dislike of fin- clipping salmon.
Summer steelhead in the Columbia River have been fin- clipped since the early 1980s, yet the percentage of wild fish in the annual return has not changed much, he said.
Stop clipping and load your savings onto a commissary coupon card.
The New Best Coupon- Clipping Sites.
Military Hand Grenade – Clipping Path.
Perdue urges reforms clipping new GOP lawmakers.
Anchorage barber keeps on clipping after crash.
With content library owners dreaming of a day that video clip sales become as big a business as ringtones, there's a growing demand for companies to organize and describe archival footage.

In science:

The student’s advisor being a respected and active member of the collaboration, the collaboration review process has sped through at an unprecedented clip, converging in three months.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
Therefore, in order to bound the impact of core-collapse contamination on the SNe Ia distance-redshift relation, we resort to studying how clipping around the Hubble line rejects other supernova types, following Conley et al. (2010).
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
We simulate a mix of Ia and Ibc events, fit the Hubble diagram with a sixth degree polynomial, and iteratively clip events beyond 3 σ from the fit and refit, until no event is clipped.
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
Homeier (2005) follows a similar approach and finds sizable effects on cosmology, and we attribute the difference to the absence of clipping.
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
It will monitor an area larger than 1.3 ×105 km2 recording video clips of fast UV flashes by sensing the fluorescence light produced through charged particle interactions (see Fig. 2).
Summary Report of JEM-EUSO Workshop at KICP in Chicago