- The definition of a clip is something that fastens or holds together, or the act of cutting.
- An example of a clip is a hair bow.
- An example of a clip is a trimming of hair.
- Clip means to cut or cut off, or to fasten.
- An example of clip is to trim the hedges.
- An example of clip is to pull the hair back with a bow.
A person clipping a coupon from a paper.
transitive verbclipped, clipping
- to cut or cut off with shears or scissors
- to cut (an item) out of (a newspaper, magazine, etc.)
- to cut short
- to shorten by omitting syllables, letters, etc.
- to cut the hair of
- to cut off the edge of (coins)
- Informal to hit or punch with a quick, sharp blow
- ☆ Slang to cheat or swindle, esp. by overcharging
Origin of clipMiddle English clippen ; from Old Norse klippa
- to clip something
- to move rapidly
- an act or instance of clipping
- a thing clipped; specif., the amount of wool clipped from sheep at one time or in one season
- a rapid pace
- Film, TV a sequence of film, videotape, etc., as a short selection taken from a longer feature or a brief piece inserted in a newscast
- Informal a quick, sharp blow
- clipped form
at a clipor at one clip
transitive verbclipped, clipping
- to fasten with a clip or clips
- Now Chiefly Dial. to hug; embrace closely
- ☆ Football to block (an opponent who is not carrying the ball) from behind: an illegal act
Origin of clipMiddle English clippen ; from Old English clyppan, to embrace ; from Indo-European an unverified form gleb- ; from base an unverified form gel-: see climb
- any of various devices that clip or fasten things together, grip or hold something, etc.
- cartridge clip
- Obsolete an embrace
- ☆ Football an act of clipping
verbclipped clipped, clip·ping, clips
- To cut, cut off, or cut out with or as if with shears: clip coupons; clipped three seconds off the record.
- To make shorter by cutting; trim: clip a hedge.
- To cut off the edge of: clip a coin.
- To cut short; curtail.
- a. To shorten (a word or words) by leaving out letters or syllables.b. To enunciate with clarity and precision: clip one's words.
- Informal To hit with a sharp blow: clipped me under the eye.
- Football To block (an opponent) illegally from the rear.
- Sports To hit or kick (the ball) in a certain direction.
- Slang To cheat, swindle, or rob.
- To cut something.
- Informal To move rapidly.
- The act of clipping.
- Something clipped off, especially:a. The wool shorn at one shearing, as of sheep.b. A season's shearing.
- A short extract from a movie or television program.
- Informal A quick sharp blow: a clip on the ear.
- Football An illegal block from the rear.
- Informal A pace or rate: go at a fast clip.
- A single occasion; a time: could write nine pages at a clip.
- clips A pair of shears or clippers.
Origin of clipMiddle English clippen, from Old Norse klippa.
- Any of various devices for gripping or holding things together; a clasp or fastener.
- A piece of jewelry that fastens with a clasp or clip; a brooch.
- A cartridge clip.
transitive verbclipped clipped, clip·ping, clips
- To fasten with or as if with a clip; hold tightly.
- Archaic To embrace or encompass.
Origin of clipMiddle English, hook, from clippen, to clasp, embrace, from Old English clyppan.
(third-person singular simple present clips, present participle clipping, simple past and past participle clipped)
- Something which clips or grasps; a device for attaching one object to another.
- Use this clip to attach the check to your tax form.
- (slang) An unspecified but normally understood as rapid speed or pace.
- She reads at a pretty good clip.
- A frame containing a number of bullets which is intended to be inserted into a firearm to allow for rapid reloading.
- A projecting flange on the upper edge of a horseshoe, turned up so as to embrace the lower part of the hoof; a toe clip or beak.
From Old English clyppan, from Proto-Germanic *klupjaną.
(third-person singular simple present clips, present participle clipping, simple past and past participle clipt or clipped)
- To cut, especially with scissors or shears as opposed to a knife etc.
- She clipped my hair with her scissors.
- Please clip that coupon out of the newspaper.
- To curtail; to cut short.
- (dialectal, informal) To strike with the hand.
- I'll clip ye round the lugs!
- (American football) An illegal tackle: Throwing the body across the back of an opponent's leg or hitting him from the back below the waist while moving up from behind unless the opponent is a runner or the action is in close line play.
- (signal processing) to cut off a signal level at a certain maximum value
- (computer graphics) To discard (an occluded part of a model or scene) rather than waste resources on rendering it.
(countable and uncountable, plural clips)
- Something which has been clipped; a small portion of a larger whole, especially an excerpt of a larger work.
- They played a clip of last night's debate.
- An act of clipping, such as a haircut.
- I went into the salon to get a clip.
- The product of a single shearing of sheep; a season's crop of wool.
- (uncountable, informal) A speed or pace.
- He was walking at a pretty good clip and I was out of breath trying to keep up.
- (uncountable, Geordie) The condition of something, its state.
- Deeky the clip of that aad wife ower thor!
- (informal) A blow with the hand.
- Give him a clip round the ear!
Probably from Old Norse klippa.