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zipper

[zip-er] /ˈzɪp ər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a person or thing that zips.
3.
a rubber and fabric boot or overshoe fastened up the leg by a zipper.
4.
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)
5.
zip2 .
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism; formerly a trademark; see zip1, -er1
Related forms
zipperless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zippers

zipper

/ˈzɪpə/
noun
1.
(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
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Word Origin and History for zippers

zipper

n.

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.

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