zipper

[ zip-er ]
/ ˈzɪp ər /

noun

Also called slide fastener. a device used for fastening clothing, valises, etc., consisting of two toothed tracks or spiral metal or plastic coils, each bordering one of two edges to be joined, and a piece that either interlocks or separates them when pulled.
a person or thing that zips.
a rubber and fabric boot or overshoe fastened up the leg by a zipper.
a large illuminated display of news bulletins or advertisements that rapidly and continously flash by on an upper part of a building.

verb (used with or without object)

Origin of zipper

1920–25, Americanism; formerly a trademark; see zip1, -er1

Related forms

zip·per·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zipper

zipper

/ (ˈzɪpə) /

noun

US and Canadian 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 tabAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): zip
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