to cut, or cut off or out, as with shears: to clip a rose from a bush.
to trim by cutting: to clip a hedge.
to cut or trim the hair or fleece of; shear: to clip a poodle.
to pare the edge of (a coin).: Compare sweat (def. 22).
to cut short; curtail: We clipped our visit by a week to return home earlier.
to pronounce rapidly, with precise articulation and with omission of certain sounds, as of unstressed vowels: an annoying habit of clipping his words.
to shorten (a word or phrase) by dropping one or more syllables.
Informal. to hit with a quick, sharp blow: He clipped him on the jaw with a sudden punch.
Slang. to take or get money from by dishonest means; swindle; rook.
to clip or cut something.
to cut articles or pictures from a newspaper, magazine, etc.
to move swiftly: He clipped along the highway on his motorcycle.
Archaic. to fly rapidly.
the act of clipping.
anything clipped off, especially the wool shorn at a single shearing of sheep.
- clip·pa·ble, adjective
Other definitions for clip (2 of 2)
a device that grips and holds tightly.
a metal or plastic clasp for holding together papers, letters, etc.
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How to use clip in a sentence
They’re good for making content more inclusive and watching films in foreign languages, but they also allow you to enjoy videos and video calls in quiet environments, skim through clips more quickly, and even focus more on what you’re watching.Learn how to add closed captions to video calls, Netflix, and more | David Nield | August 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
Its water-proof design floats when dropped in water, so it’s great for the boat or evening fishing trips, and a convenient carabineer clip lets you secure it to a bag when not in use.Flashlights for emergency scenarios and outdoor fun | PopSci Commerce Team | August 27, 2020 | Popular-Science
TikTok is adding users at a clip that far outpaces most social media platforms.‘Deal of a decade’: How buying TikTok could transform Microsoft | Lance Lambert | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
You can repurpose a piece of content to tweet some bits on Twitter, start a discussion on Facebook, post an edited clip on Instagram, or share a concise blog post on LinkedIn.Four strategies to maintain your social media activity during a crisis | Roman Daneghyan | June 30, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Along with the braids, the researchers developed flexible electrode clips.Brainwaves of people with coarse, curly hair are now less hard to read | Laura Sanders | May 5, 2020 | Science News For Students
In this clip, a teenage Minaj gets heated and throws a phone in a play rehearsal during her tenure at LaGuardia High School.
Check out a clip from this exclusive interview with SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace at the 2014 Savannah Film Festival.Who Is Joe Manganiello? Sofia Vergara’s Fiancé on the Value of Hard Work | The Daily Beast Video | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Going at a reasonable clip, my husband and I travel the trails and side roads near our house.
The clip received heaps of Internet criticism after it went viral, and has since been pulled down from state channels.Hitler is Huge in Thailand: Chicken Joints, T-Shirts, and A Govt.-Issued Propaganda Video | Marlow Stern | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The country was building houses at a rapid clip, which required a large amount of immigrant labor.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty | Joel Kotkin | November 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"This is the most ungrateful outfit of greasers I ever met up with," cried clip, hurrying toward the second man.
clip still had the club he had taken from the Mexican's companion, and he squared away threateningly.
Matt stood at the gate for a few moments, looking for clip; but, as he could see nothing of him, he went back into the house.
He was pushing his machine through the gate, and clip was getting his own wheel and making ready to follow.
The road was a bit cut up and sandy in places, but clip whaled his machine along and they did a trifle better than thirty miles.
British Dictionary definitions for clip (1 of 2)
(also intr) to cut, snip, or trim with or as if with scissors or shears, esp in order to shorten or remove a part
British to punch (a hole) in something, esp a ticket
to curtail or cut short
to move a short section from (a film, etc)
to shorten (a word)
(intr) to trot or move rapidly, esp over a long distance: a horse clipping along the road
informal to strike with a sharp, often slanting, blow
slang to obtain (money) by deception or cheating
US slang to murder; execute
clip someone's wings
to restrict someone's freedom
to thwart someone's ambition
the act or process of clipping
something clipped off
an extract from a film, newspaper, etc
informal a sharp, often slanting, blow
informal speed: a rapid clip
Australian and NZ the total quantity of wool shorn, as in one place, season, etc
another word for clipped form
- clippable, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for clip (2 of 2)
any of various small implements used to hold loose articles together or to attach one article to another
an article of jewellery that can be clipped onto a dress, hat, etc
to hold together tightly, as with a clip
archaic, or dialect to embrace
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