[ zip ]
/ zɪp /
verb (used with object), zipped, zip·ping.
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.
verb (used without object), zipped, zip·ping.
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.
(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.
Words nearby zip
Origin of zip2
1935–40, Americanism; back formation from zipper
OTHER WORDS FROM zipzip·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zipless (1 of 2)
/ (zɪp) /
trademark NZ an electric water heater
British Dictionary definitions for zipless (2 of 2)
/ (zɪp) /
- 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 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
verb zips, zipping or zipped
(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
Word Origin for zip
C19: of imitative origin
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