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[zip-er] /ˈzɪp ər/
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 object), verb (used without object)
zip2 .
Origin of zipper
1920-25, Americanism; formerly a trademark; see zip1, -er1
Related forms
zipperless, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for zipper
  • Wrap the mattress in canvas and put a zipper down one side and along the bottom.
  • Outboard from the waterproof compartment is the laptop sleeve, which you access via a urethane-coated, heavy-duty side zipper.
  • Ideally you want the whitewater to scroll across the wave sequentially, evenly, the way a zipper unzips.
  • zipper-sealed flap protects your gear from the elements.
  • Toss a few small zipper-top bags and some plastic grocery bags into your luggage.
  • Crisp calls its falafels handbag sandwiches for their eco-paper packaging, complete with clever zipper waists.
  • Until a few months ago, he had it stashed in a zipper-sealed plastic bag.
  • These are clothes meant to be crumpled-loose-fitting frocks with nary a zipper or buttonhole.
  • She hears him unbuckling his belt, and then the zipper coming down.
  • The zipper opened and closed in a flash, a perfect mechanism with which to secure a purse or jacket against high speeds.
British Dictionary definitions for zipper


(US & 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 tab Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) zip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for zipper

1925, probably an agent noun from zip (v.1). The trademark taken out on the name that year applied to a boot with zippers, not to the "lightning fastener" itself, which was at first called a zip.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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