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2 [zip]
verb (used with object), zipped, zipping.
to fasten or unfasten with a zipper: Zip your jacket. Zip open the traveling case.
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.
to become fastened or unfastened by means of a zipper: a handy purse that zips shut.
to do up or undo a zipper.
a zipper.
utilizing or having a zipper: a coat with a zip front.

1935–40, Americanism; back formation from zipper

zipless, adjective Unabridged
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zip (zɪp)
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)
(NZ) trademark an electric water heater

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Word Origin & History

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

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

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

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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
compressed file
  1. zone improvement plan

  2. Zone Information Protocol

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