zip

zip

1 [zip]
noun
1.
a sudden, brief hissing sound, as of a bullet.
2.
Informal. energy; vim; vigor.
verb (used without object), zipped, zipping.
3.
to move with a zipping sound.
4.
Informal. to act or move with speed or energy: I'll just zip upstairs.
verb (used with object), zipped, zipping. Informal.
5.
to convey with speed and energy: I'll zip you downtown on my motorcycle.
6.
to add vitality or zest to (usually followed by up ): A little garlic zips up a salad.

Origin:
1850–55; of expressive orig.


2. pep, dash, verve, vivacity, vitality.
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zip

2 [zip]
verb (used with object), zipped, zipping.
1.
to fasten or unfasten with a zipper: Zip your jacket. Zip open the traveling case.
2.
to enclose or free by doing up or undoing a zipper: Zip this money into your wallet. Zip me out of my dress.
verb (used without object), zipped, zipping.
3.
to become fastened or unfastened by means of a zipper: a handy purse that zips shut.
4.
to do up or undo a zipper.
noun
5.
a zipper.
adjective
6.
utilizing or having a zipper: a coat with a zip front.

Origin:
1935–40, Americanism; back formation from zipper

zipless, adjective

zip

3 [zip] Slang.
noun
1.
zero or nothing: The score of last night's hockey game was 4–zip.
verb (used with object), zipped, zipping.
2.
(in sports) to defeat by keeping an opponent from scoring: The home team was zipped again yesterday.

Origin:
1895–1900; Americanism; apparently an expressive word, with z- of zero; cf. zilch

zip

4 [zip] Informal.
noun
verb (used with object), zipped, zipping.
2.
to zip-code.

Origin:
by ellipsis

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zip (zɪp)
 
n
1.  a.  Also called: zip fastener, US and Canadian term: zipper 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
 b.  (modifier) having or equipped with such a device: a zip bag
2.  a short sharp whizzing sound, as of a passing bullet
3.  informal energy; vigour; vitality
4.  slang (US) nothing
5.  slang (US), (Canadian) sport nil
 
vb (often foll by up) , zips, zipping, zipped
6.  to fasten (clothing, a bag, etc) with a zip
7.  (intr) to move with a zip: the bullet zipped past
8.  (intr; often foll by along, through, etc) to hurry; rush: they zipped through town
9.  (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
 
[C19: of imitative origin]

Zip (zɪp)
 
n
(NZ) trademark an electric water heater

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Word Origin & History

zip
"move rapidly," 1852, of echoic origin. Zippy is first attested 1904. Zip gun "homemade pistol" first recorded 1950.

zip
"zero," 1900, student slang for a grade of zero on a test, etc.; of unknown origin; cf. zilch.

zip
"to close or fasten by means of a zipper," 1932, back-formation from zipper.

zip
1963, in U.S. postal ZIP code, an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, no doubt chosen with conscious echo of zip (v.1).
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Computing Dictionary

zip definition


1. To create a compressed archive (a "zip file") from one or more files using PKWare's PKZIP or a compatible archiver. Its use is spreading from MS-DOS now that portable implementations of the algorithm have been written.
zip is also the name of a Unix archiving utility compatible with PKZIP. unzip is the corresponding de-archiver.
See also gzip, tar and feather.
(1996-08-26)
2. Zip Drive.
[Jargon File]
3. zip function.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
zip
compressed file
ZIP
  1. zone improvement plan

  2. Zone Information Protocol

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