from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that cuts, shears, or clips.
  • noun An instrument or tool for cutting, clipping, or shearing.
  • noun Nautical A fast, square-rigged ship developed in the mid-19th century, having a sharp bow, tall masts, and a large sail area.
  • noun One that moves very fast.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which clips; especially, one who reduces the size, value, or importance of anything by clipping it.
  • noun A cutting-tool of the nature of shears; specifically, a tool with rotating or reciprocating knives used for cutting hair, and especially for clipping horses. See clipping-shears.
  • noun A sailing vessel built with very sharp lines, more or less raking masts, and great spread of canvas, with a view to speed: a development of a model for the mercantile marine first built at Baltimore, U. S., and called the Baltimore clipper.
  • noun A person or an animal that runs swiftly, or looks as if capable of running swiftly; a very smart person; something first-rate.
  • noun An Australian bird of the genus Ephthianura: as, the wag-tail clipper, E. albïfrons.
  • noun The larva of species of Sialis, a genus of neuropterous insects, used for bait by anglers. Also called, in the United States, crawler, dobson, and hellgrammite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who clips; specifically, one who clips off the edges of coins.
  • noun A machine for clipping hair, esp. the hair of horses.
  • noun (Naut.) A vessel with a sharp bow, built with a fast hull and tall sails, rigged for fast sailing, and used in trade where the cargo capacity was less important than the speed; -- called also clipper ship.
  • noun (Electronics) a circuit that limits the amplitude of a waveform.
  • noun Joe DiMaggio; -- a nickname for the player who was a prominent member of the New York Yankees baseball team in the 1940's.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Anything that clips.
  • noun A tool used for clipping something, such as hair, coins, or fingernails.
  • noun Something that moves swiftly; especially:
  • noun electronics A circuit which prevents the amplitude of a wave from exceeding a set value.

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

  • noun (electronics) a nonlinear electronic circuit whose output is limited in amplitude; used to limit the instantaneous amplitude of a waveform (to clip off the peaks of a waveform)
  • noun scissors for cutting hair or finger nails (often used in the plural)
  • noun shears for cutting grass or shrubbery (often used in the plural)
  • noun a fast sailing ship used in former times


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