[klip-bawrd, -bohrd]
a small board having at the top a clip for holding papers and serving as a portable writing surface.

1905–10, Americanism; clip2 + board Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
clipboard (ˈklɪpˌbɔːd)
1.  a portable writing board with a spring clip at the top for holding paper
2.  a temporary storage area in desktop publishing where text or graphics are held after the cut command or the copy command

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Word Origin & History

1907, from clip + board. Portable board with a hinged clip at the top to hold papers.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Computing Dictionary

clipboard definition

operating system
A temporary memory area, used to transfer information within a document being edited or between documents or between programs. The fundamental operations are "cut" which moves data from a document to the clipboard, "copy" which copies it to the clipboard, and "paste" which inserts the clipboard contents into the current document in place of the current selection.
Different Graphical User Interfaces vary in how they handle the different types of data which a user might want to transfer via the clipboard, some (e.g. the X Window System) support only plain text, others (e.g. NEXTSTEP) support arbitrarily typed data such as images.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
Then, show the students the clipboard with a piece of paper on it.
The transformation of policemen from fearless crime fighters to clipboard
  carriers has two causes, both well-intentioned.
She pointed to a clipboard on a low wall, where the history of the cadaver was
Click that and the link that goes to your clipboard will automatically cue up
  the video to the correct moment.
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