from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cut, cut off, or cut out with or as if with shears: clip coupons; clipped three seconds off the record.
  • transitive v. To make shorter by cutting; trim: clip a hedge.
  • transitive v. To cut off the edge of: clip a coin.
  • transitive v. To cut short; curtail.
  • transitive v. To shorten (a word or words) by leaving out letters or syllables.
  • transitive v. To enunciate with clarity and precision: clip one's words.
  • transitive v. Informal To hit with a sharp blow: clipped me under the eye.
  • transitive v. Football To block (an opponent) illegally from the rear.
  • transitive v. Sports To hit or kick (the ball) in a certain direction.
  • transitive v. Slang To cheat, swindle, or rob.
  • intransitive v. To cut something.
  • intransitive v. Informal To move rapidly.
  • n. The act of clipping.
  • n. Something clipped off, especially:
  • n. The wool shorn at one shearing, as of sheep.
  • n. A season's shearing.
  • n. A short extract from a film or videotape.
  • n. Informal A quick sharp blow: a clip on the ear.
  • n. Football An illegal block from the rear.
  • n. Informal A pace or rate: go at a fast clip.
  • n. A single occasion; a time: could write nine pages at a clip.
  • n. A pair of shears or clippers.
  • n. Any of various devices for gripping or holding things together; a clasp or fastener.
  • n. A piece of jewelry that fastens with a clasp or clip; a brooch.
  • n. A cartridge clip.
  • transitive v. To fasten with or as if with a clip; hold tightly.
  • transitive v. Archaic To embrace or encompass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To grip tightly.
  • v. To fasten with a clip.
  • v. To hug, embrace.
  • v. To collect signatures, generally with the use of a clipboard.
  • n. Something which clips or grasps; a device for attaching one object to another.
  • n. An unspecified but normally understood as rapid speed or pace.
  • n. An embrace.
  • n. A frame containing a number of bullets which is intended to be inserted into a firearm to allow for rapid reloading.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To cut, especially with scissors or shears as opposed to a knife etc.
  • v. To strike with the hand.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To discard (an occluded part of a model or scene) rather than waste resources on rendering it.
  • n. Something which has been clipped; a small portion of a larger whole, especially an excerpt of a larger work.
  • n. An act of clipping, such as a haircut.
  • n. The product of a single shearing of sheep; a season's crop of wool.
  • n. A speed or pace.
  • n. The condition of something, its state.
  • n. A blow with the hand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An embrace.
  • n. A cutting; a shearing.
  • n. The product of a single shearing of sheep; a season's crop of wool.
  • n. A clasp or holder for letters, papers, etc.
  • n. An embracing strap for holding parts together; the iron strap, with loop, at the ends of a whiffletree.
  • n. A projecting flange on the upper edge of a horseshoe, turned up so as to embrace the lower part of the hoof; -- called also toe clip and beak.
  • n. A blow or stroke with the hand.
  • n. A part, attachment, or appendage, for seizing, clasping, or holding, an object, as a cable, etc.
  • n. A gaff or hook for landing the fish, as in salmon fishing.
  • n. A rapid gait.
  • intransitive v. To move swiftly; -- usually with indefinite it.
  • transitive v. To embrace, hence; to encompass.
  • transitive v. To cut off; as with shears or scissors.
  • transitive v. To curtail; to cut short.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To embrace; infold; hug; clasp; grasp; grip.
  • To hold together by pressure, as with a spring, screw, or bandage.
  • To cut off or sever with a sharp instrument, as shears or scissors; trim or make shorter by cutting: as, to clip the hair; to clip a bird's wings.
  • To diminish by cutting or paring: as, to clip coin; “clipped silver,”
  • To shorten; curtail; cut short; impair by lessening.
  • Hence To pronounce (words) in a shortened form, or with abbreviation.
  • To cut hair.
  • To move swiftly, as a falcon, a horse, or a yacht: often with an indefinite it.
  • A dialectal form of clepe.
  • n. An embrace.
  • n. A grasp; clasp; grip, as of a machine.
  • n. A device for closing a vent in a machine.
  • n. In farriery, a projecting flange on the upper surface of a horseshoe, which partially embraces the wall of the hoof.
  • n. A metal clasp or confining piece used to connect the parts of a carriage-gear, or to hold the hook of a whipple-tree.
  • n. A clasp or spring-holder for letters, papers, etc.
  • n. The quantity of wool shorn at a single shearing of sheep; a season's shearing.
  • n. A blow or stroke with the hand.
  • n. plural Shears, especially sheep-shears.
  • n. In angling, a salmon-gaff.
  • n. Same as cartridge-clip.
  • n. Rate of rapid motion, as of horses or yachts: as, a three-mile clip; a fifteen-knot clip.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
  • v. run at a moderately swift pace
  • n. a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun
  • n. a sharp slanting blow
  • n. an instance or single occasion for some event
  • v. sever or remove by pinching or snipping
  • v. terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent
  • v. attach with a clip
  • n. any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together
  • n. the act of clipping or snipping
  • n. an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress


Middle English clippen, from Old Norse klippa.
Middle English, hook, from clippen, to clasp, embrace, from Old English clyppan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English clyppan, from Proto-Germanic *klupjanan. (Wiktionary)
Probably from Old Norse klippa. (Wiktionary)



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  • All the wool from a sheared flock of sheep (Australia).

    February 18, 2010

  • In coinmaking, slang for a coin struck from a clipped planchet.

    April 21, 2008

  • Sever v. attach.

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