- a person or thing that clips or cuts.
- Often clippers. (often used with a plural verb) a cutting tool, especially shears: hedge clippers.
- Usually clippers. (usually used with a plural verb) a mechanical or electric tool for cutting hair, fingernails, or the like: He told the barber, “No clippers on the sides, please.”
- Nautical. Also called clipper ship. a sailing ship built and rigged for speed, especially a type of three-masted ship with a fast hull form and a lofty rig, built in the U.S. from c1845, and in Great Britain from a later date, until c1870, and used in trades in which speed was more important than cargo capacity.
- Electronics. a device that gives output only for an input above or below a certain critical value.
- a person or thing that moves along swiftly.
Origin of clipper
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Contemporary Examples of clippers
My estimate that Sterling might charge $1 billion for the Clippers appears to have fallen woefully short.Does Donald Sterling Have Dementia? And Does That Make Him Any Less of a Racist?
May 23, 2014
The Clippers have historically been regarded as one of the worst teams in all of professional sports.
With this strong platform, the Clippers could sell for $1 billion.
Oprah considers a stake in the Clippers, rains flood Florida, Bob Hoskins passes away, and more stories from today.Today in :45 - April 30, 2014
April 30, 2014
According to Forbes, the Clippers generated $128 million in revenue last year, so losing $20 million would be a 15 percent hit.How to Rescue the Clippers From Donald Sterling’s Racist Clutches
April 29, 2014
Historical Examples of clippers
They have been in the bath, and their hair is as close as the clippers can make it.Some Naval Yarns
Meanwhile the shears of the clippers were constantly at work.
One witness can send to Tyburn a gang of clippers and comers.
A gardener with clippers could not have made a neater job of it.Joyce's Investments
Fannie E. Newberry
Guess some o' them clippers can show as good a record as any steamer afloat.
- a hand tool with two cutting blades for clipping fingernails, hedges, etc
- a hairdresser's tool, operated either by hand or electrically, with one fixed and one reciprocating set of teeth for cutting short hair
- any fast sailing ship
- a person or thing that cuts or clips
- something, such as a horse or sled, that moves quickly
- electronics another word for limiter
Word Origin and History for clippers
"shears-like cutting tool for hair, etc.," 1876, agent noun from clip (v.1). Earlier they were clipping shears (mid-15c.).
late 14c., "sheepshearer;" early 15c., "a barber;" c.1300 as a surname; agent noun from Middle English clippen "shorten" (see clip (v.1)). The type of fast sailing ship so called from 1823 (in Cooper's "The Pilot"), probably from clip (v.1) in sense of "to move or run rapidly," hence early 19c. sense "person or animal who looks capable of fast running." Perhaps originally simply "fast ship," regardless of type:
Well, you know, the Go-along-Gee was one o' your flash Irish cruisers -- the first o' your fir-built frigates -- and a clipper she was! Give her a foot o' the sheet, and she'd go like a witch--but somehow o'nother, she'd bag on a bowline to leeward. ["Naval Sketch-Book," by "An officer of rank," London, 1826]
The early association of the ships was with Baltimore, Maryland. Perhaps influenced by Middle Dutch klepper "swift horse," echoic (Clipper appears as the name of an English race horse in 1831). In late 18c., the word principally meant "one who cuts off the edges of coins" for the precious metal.