- a sudden, brief hissing sound, as of a bullet.
- Informal. energy; vim; vigor.
- to move with a zipping sound.
- Informal. to act or move with speed or energy: I'll just zip upstairs.
- to convey with speed and energy: I'll zip you downtown on my motorcycle.
- to add vitality or zest to (usually followed by up): A little garlic zips up a salad.
Origin of zip1
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- to fasten or unfasten with a zipper: Zip your jacket. Zip open the traveling case.
- to enclose or free by doing up or undoing a zipper: Zip this money into your wallet. Zip me out of my dress.
- Computers. to compress (a file) in archive format, so it requires less memory to save and store it.
- to become fastened or unfastened by means of a zipper: a handy purse that zips shut.
- to do up or undo a zipper.
- a zipper.
- utilizing or having a zipper: a coat with a zip front.
- Computers. of or relating to a method of file compression: a zip file.
- (initial capital letter) Trademark. noting or relating to a floppy disk form of storage for computer data with a capacity of 100–750 MB, used primarily in the 1990s: a Zip drive; a Zip disk.
Origin of zip2
- zero or nothing: The score of last night's hockey game was 4–zip.
- (in sports) to defeat by keeping an opponent from scoring: The home team was zipped again yesterday.
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Examples from the Web for zip
It zips like all comedies seem to zip today, quick and nimble, its tone affectionate snark.Why ‘Black-ish’ Has a Gay Problem
October 3, 2014
“Type in your ZIP code and blood drives close to you will come up,” Dudley said.The Red Cross Is 80,000 Blood Donations Short
July 25, 2014
Then, the big goose egg that the administration is going to get from Iran will more obviously be a zip.Putin Poised to Retaliate Against Obama by Trashing Iran Deal
July 19, 2014
Federal Election Commission reports for both men are littered with D.C. and New York ZIP codes.Obama Is the New Dubya
June 17, 2014
For the adventurous, the area is surrounded by waterfalls, zip lines, and gorgeous mountainous scenery.The Road to Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2014
“Not a duck, Zip,” said Sunny, shaking his head sorrowfully.The Twins of Suffering Creek
It had been the "zip" that had knocked out the five Leopards.The Day of the Boomer Dukes
And of her own accord, Tabby never would, had not Zip put her up to it.
But to Zip's dismay, the soot would not come off as the mud and dough had.
When the waitress stumbled, she fell on Zip, pinning him under her.
- Also called: zip fastenera fastening device operating by means of two parallel rows of metal or plastic teeth on either side of a closure that are interlocked by a sliding tabUS and Canadian term: zipper
- (modifier)having or equipped with such a devicea zip bag
- a short sharp whizzing sound, as of a passing bullet
- informal energy; vigour; vitality
- US slang nothing
- sport, US and Canadian slang nil
- (tr often foll by up) to fasten (clothing, a bag, etc) with a zip
- (intr) to move with a zipthe bullet zipped past
- (intr; often foll by along, through, etc) to hurry; rushthey zipped through town
- (tr) computing to compress (a file) in order to reduce the amount of memory required to store it or to make sending it electronically quicker
- trademark NZ an electric water heater
Word Origin and History for zip
"move rapidly," 1852, of echoic origin. Related: Zipped; zipping. Zip gun "homemade pistol" first recorded 1950.
"zero," 1900, student slang for a grade of zero on a test, etc.; of unknown origin; cf. zilch.
"to close or fasten by means of a zipper," 1932, back-formation from zipper. Related: Zipped; zipping.
1963, in U.S. postal ZIP code, an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, no doubt chosen with conscious echo of zip (v.1).