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clipping

[klip-ing] /ˈklɪp ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that clips.
2.
a piece clipped off or out, especially an article, advertisement, etc., clipped from a newspaper or magazine.
adjective
4.
serving or tending to clip.
5.
Informal. swift:
a clipping pace.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English. See clip1, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
clippingly, adverb

clip1

[klip] /klɪp/
verb (used with object), clipped, clipped or clipt, clipping.
1.
to cut, or cut off or out, as with shears:
to clip a rose from a bush.
2.
to trim by cutting:
to clip a hedge.
3.
to cut or trim the hair or fleece of; shear:
to clip a poodle.
4.
to pare the edge of (a coin).
Compare sweat (def 22).
5.
to cut short; curtail:
We clipped our visit by a week to return home earlier.
6.
to pronounce rapidly, with precise articulation and with omission of certain sounds, as of unstressed vowels:
an annoying habit of clipping his words.
7.
to shorten (a word or phrase) by dropping one or more syllables.
8.
Informal. to hit with a quick, sharp blow:
He clipped him on the jaw with a sudden punch.
9.
Slang. to take or get money from by dishonest means; swindle; rook.
verb (used without object), clipped, clipped or clipt, clipping.
10.
to clip or cut something.
11.
to cut articles or pictures from a newspaper, magazine, etc.
12.
to move swiftly:
He clipped along the highway on his motorcycle.
13.
Archaic. to fly rapidly.
noun
14.
the act of clipping.
15.
anything clipped off, especially the wool shorn at a single shearing of sheep.
16.
the amount of wool shorn in one season.
17.
clips, (used with a plural verb) an instrument for clipping; shears.
18.
19.
Informal. clipping (def 2).
20.
Informal. a quick, sharp blow:
a clip on the jaw.
21.
rate; pace:
at a rapid clip.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English clippen < Old Norse klippa to clip, cut
Related forms
clippable, adjective

clip2

[klip] /klɪp/
noun
1.
a device that grips and holds tightly.
2.
a metal or plastic clasp for holding together papers, letters, etc.
4.
an article of jewelry or other decoration clipped onto clothing, shoes, hats, etc.
5.
a flange on the upper surface of a horseshoe.
6.
Also called lug. Shipbuilding. a short length of angle iron connecting and maintaining the angle between two members or surfaces.
7.
Archaic. an embrace.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), clipped, clipping.
8.
to grip tightly; fasten with or as if with a clip.
9.
to encircle; encompass.
10.
Football. to block by illegally throwing the body across a player's legs from behind.
11.
Archaic. to embrace or hug.
Origin
before 900; Middle English clippen, Old English clyppan to embrace, surround; cognate with Old Frisian kleppa
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Examples from the web for clipping
  • clipping hair before surgery is preferred to shaving because shaving creates abrasions that are more easily infected.
  • Dan also visits the clinic regularly for light muscle-training sessions and periodic toenail clipping.
  • clipping files collect news coverage of the company.
  • The plane never made it, clipping a house at the end of the runway and crashing.
  • Incapable of clipping the wings of any and all criticism of the system.
  • Back issues of weekly newspapers are discarded immediately after clipping.
British Dictionary definitions for clipping

clipping

/ˈklɪpɪŋ/
noun
1.
something cut out or trimmed off, esp an article from a newspaper; cutting
2.
the distortion of an audio or visual signal in which the tops of peaks with a high amplitude are cut off, caused by, for example, overloading of amplifier circuits
adjective
3.
(prenominal) (informal) fast: a clipping pace

clip1

/klɪp/
verb (mainly transitive) clips, clipping, clipped
1.
(also intransitive) to cut, snip, or trim with or as if with scissors or shears, esp in order to shorten or remove a part
2.
(Brit) to punch (a hole) in something, esp a ticket
3.
to curtail or cut short
4.
to move a short section from (a film, etc)
5.
to shorten (a word)
6.
(intransitive) to trot or move rapidly, esp over a long distance: a horse clipping along the road
7.
(informal) to strike with a sharp, often slanting, blow
8.
(slang) to obtain (money) by deception or cheating
9.
(US, slang) to murder; execute
10.
clip someone's wings
  1. to restrict someone's freedom
  2. to thwart someone's ambition
noun
11.
the act or process of clipping
12.
something clipped off
13.
an extract from a film, newspaper, etc
14.
(informal) a sharp, often slanting, blow
15.
(informal) speed: a rapid clip
16.
(Austral & NZ) the total quantity of wool shorn, as in one place, season, etc
17.
another word for clipped form
Derived Forms
clippable, adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse klippa to cut; related to Low German klippen

clip2

/klɪp/
noun
1.
any of various small implements used to hold loose articles together or to attach one article to another
2.
an article of jewellery that can be clipped onto a dress, hat, etc
3.
4.
the pointed flange on a horseshoe that secures it to the front part of the hoof
verb (transitive) clips, clipping, clipped
5.
to hold together tightly, as with a clip
6.
(archaic or dialect) to embrace
Word Origin
Old English clyppan to embrace; related to Old Frisian kleppa, Lithuanian glebiu
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Word Origin and History for clipping
n.

early 13c., "clasping, embracing," verbal noun from clip (v.2). As a U.S. football penalty (not in OED), from 1920.

Clipping or Cutting Down from Behind. -- This is to be ruled under unnecessary roughness, and penalized when it is practiced upon "a man obviously out of the play." This "clipping" is a tendency in the game that the committee is watching anxiously and with some fear. ["Colliers," April 10, 1920]

"a cutting," early 14c., verbal noun from clip (v.1). Sense of "a small piece cut off" is from late 15c. Meaning "an article cut from a newspaper" is from 1857.

clip

v.

"to cut or sever with a sharp instrument," c.1200, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse klippa, Swedish klippa, Danish klippe "clip, shear, cut") probably echoic. Related: Clipped; clipping.

Meaning "to pronounce short" is from 1520s. The verb has a long association with shady activities, originally especially in reference to cutting or shaving metal from coins (c.1400), but later extended to swindles from the sense "to shear sheep," hence clip-joint "place that overcharges outrageously" (1933, American English, a term from Prohibition). To clip (someone's) wings figuratively (1590s) is from the method of preventing a captive bird from flying.

"fasten, hold together by pressure," also (mostly archaic) "to embrace," from Old English clyppan "to embrace, clasp; surround; prize, honor, cherish;" related to Old Frisian kleppa "to embrace, love," Old High German klaftra, German klafter "fathom" (on notion of outstretched arms). Also cf. Lithuanian glebys "armful," globiu "to embrace, support." Meaning "to fasten, bind" is early 14c. Meaning "to fasten with clips" is from 1902. Related: Clipped; clipping. Original sense of the verb is preserved in U.S. football clipping penalty.

n.

"something for attaching or holding," mid-14c., probably from clip (v.2). Meaning "receptacle containing several cartridges for a repeating firearm" is from 1901. Meaning "piece of jewelry fastened by a clip" is from 1937. This is also the source of paper clip (1854). Old English had clypp "an embrace."

mid-15c., "shears," from clip (v.1). Meaning "act of clipping" is from 1825, originally of sheep-shearing, later of haircuts. Meaning "rate of speed" is 1867 (cf. clipper). Meaning "an extract from a movie" is from 1958.

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clipping in Medicine

clip (klĭp)
n.
A fastener used in surgery to hold skin or other tissue in position or to control hemorrhage.

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Slang definitions & phrases for clipping

clipping

noun
  1. Illegal blocking from behind (1930s+ Football)
  2. The repairing of a car by joining together two undamaged halves after either the front or rear end has been damaged: Front and rear clips are attached to the remains of vehicles that have been seriously damaged, but clipping is dangerous (1970s+)

clip

noun
  1. : You hit him a good clip (1850s+)
  2. clipped dick (1940s+)
  3. Pace; rate: She took off at a real good clip (1860s+)
  4. Each one; each occasion; pop: two treatments at $100 a clip/ Every clip cost him half a day's pay (1801+)
  5. A clipping from a newspaper, magazine, etc: Thanks for sending the clips about the kid's wedding (1920s+)
  6. A portion of a movie or television tape: television clips from the period of the accident (1960s+)
  7. A cut-apart or dismantled section of a car: Salvage yards will pay $5,000 for the front end, back clip, engine, radio, doors, and bumpers (1970s+)
verb
  1. To hit; strike sharply and neatly: He clipped and decked the local goon
  2. To steal; swipe: Where'd you clip the new car? (1930s+)
  3. To cheat someone, esp by overcharging: That joint'll clip you every time (1920s+)
  4. To arrest (1940s+)
  5. To kill, esp by shooting: You think he clipped three people, including a seventeen-year-old kid (1920s+ Underworld)
  6. (also clip it) To move rapidly; run; barrel, carry the mail (1830s+)
  7. To cut a car into sections, usually in an illegal operation (1970s+)
Related Terms

put the clip on someone, roach clip

[senses denoting fraud and theft are probably fr the practice of clipping bits of metal off coins and passing them at face value]


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Related Abbreviations for clipping

CLIP

corticotropin-like intermediate-lobe peptide
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