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[klip-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈklɪpˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a small board having at the top a clip for holding papers and serving as a portable writing surface.
Origin of clipboard
1905-10, Americanism; clip2 + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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a portable writing board with a spring clip at the top for holding paper
a temporary storage area in desktop publishing where text or graphics are held after the cut command or the copy command
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clipboard

1904, from clip (n.1) + board (n.1). Portable board with a hinged clip at the top to hold papers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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clipboard in Technology

operating system
A temporary memory area, used to transfer information within a document being edited or between documents or between programs. The fundamental operations are "cut" which moves data from a document to the clipboard, "copy" which copies it to the clipboard, and "paste" which inserts the clipboard contents into the current document in place of the current selection.
Different Graphical User Interfaces vary in how they handle the different types of data which a user might want to transfer via the clipboard, some (e.g. the X Window System) support only plain text, others (e.g. NEXTSTEP) support arbitrarily typed data such as images.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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