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.
Other definitions for zip (2 of 5)
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.
utilizing or having a zipper: a coat with a zip front.
Computers. of or relating to a method of file compression: a zip file.
- zipless, adjective
Other definitions for zip (3 of 5)
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.
Other definitions for zip (4 of 5)
Other definitions for Zip (5 of 5)
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.
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How to use zip in a sentence
It zips like all comedies seem to zip today, quick and nimble, its tone affectionate snark.
These drugs interfere with the double helix zip-unzip-zip-again process of RNA and DNA replication.
“Type in your zip code and blood drives close to you will come up,” Dudley said.
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 | Josh Rogin | July 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Federal Election Commission reports for both men are littered with D.C. and New York zip codes.
The rifle-bullets were whizzing so zip, zip from the sharpshooters on the Federal lines that involuntarily I moved on my chair.
"zip" came a bullet, and hit the ground beside me; it seemed rather unfair when one thought one was well out of range.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie | George Brenton Laurie
They found zip well and hearty in spite of having had a drop of at least forty feet off the glacier.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
Susy's mocking-bird hung in a cage by one of the windows, and "brother zip" was lounging in an arm-chair, catching flies.Dotty Dimple At Home | Sophie May
I ought to tell about the fire; but I can't write with mother's pen any more than zip can write with a sponge.Dotty Dimple At Home | Sophie May
British Dictionary definitions for zip (1 of 2)
Also called: zip fastener a 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 tab: US and Canadian term: zipper
(modifier) having or equipped with such a device: a 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 zip: the bullet zipped past
(intr; often foll by along, through, etc) to hurry; rush: they 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
British Dictionary definitions for Zip (2 of 2)
trademark NZ an electric water heater
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