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[klip-er-bilt] /ˈklɪp ərˌbɪlt/
adjective, Nautical.
(of a hull) having fast lines, with a high ratio of length to beam and a fine entrance.
Origin of clipper-built
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Would God that I were left alone to—but—nay, do not be alarmed; perhaps I am wrong, it may be a—a clipper-built trading-vessel.

    The World of Ice

    Robert Michael Ballantyne
  • She was a pretty, clipper-built, sharp-looking craft, but had made a slower run even than ourselves.

    Letters from the Cape Lady Duff Gordon
  • She was a clipper-built schooner, carrying fourteen guns, and a crew of one hundred and twenty men.

  • The modern cod-smack is clipper-built, with large wells for carrying the fish alive, its cost being about £1500.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • The "Bella" was a full-rigged ship of nearly 500 tons burden, clipper-built, and almost new.

  • The schooner was one of the clipper-built craft, for which Baltimore ship-builders were famous the world over.

  • "Looks mighty fine in them clipper-built city clothes, Red does," he reflected.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • Would God that I were left alone to—but—nay, do not be alarmed; perhaps I am wrong; it may be a—a clipper-built trading vessel.

    The World of Ice R.M. Ballantyne

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