Definitions

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

  • n. A fastening device consisting of parallel rows of metal, plastic, or nylon teeth on adjacent edges of an opening that are interlocked by a sliding tab.
  • transitive v. To fasten or unfasten or become fastened or unfastened with a zipper; zip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A zip fastener.
  • n. A pressure-sensitive plastic closure.
  • n. leucine zipper
  • v. To close a zipper.
  • v. To put a zipper on an article.

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

  • v. close with a zipper
  • n. a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab

Etymologies

Originally a trademark.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1925, to zip + -er. The trade name was registered in 1925 by B.F. Goodrich for “boots made of rubber and fabric,” claiming use of the name since June 1923. No longer a registered trademark. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Don't agree with everything you say, but that fish with a zipper is the best comeback I've heard in years.

    On Obama And Ammunition

  • After a moment that seemed like an eternity, the guy in the back shouted, The zipper is stuck!

    Joke Contest. Anybody in?

  • Marinate the chicken for 3 to 24 hours in zipper bags.

    Meathead Goldwyn: Crispy Cornell Chicken: An Upstate New York Classic

  • First he's drunk and now his pants are down and his zipper is unzipped.

    Mayor Creepy update (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • The new G3 Guide Jacket features a waterproof main zipper; watertight, adjustable cuffs; built-in retractors for clippers or other items; large bellows pockets for fly boxes; lined hand-warmer pockets; four smaller stowage pockets with water-resistant zippers; and an adjustable hood.

    Fishing Jacket

  • David Blunkett I could understand a mere zipper is not enough.

    Straw & Zippergate

  • The image also shows a 'zipper'-like mechanism of bundle formation and its stability for two weeks (green arrows). (d) phase contrast inverted image of a region with high frequency of convergence producing order in the network shape (e) higher magnification of (d) showing sites of multiple-process convergence.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • I've got a WWII Leeds canvas bag that's on it's third main zipper, but it holds a ton, and looks like s**t.

    luggage on Mexican busses

  • Lots more opportunity for embarassment: skirt tucked into underwear/pantyhose/tights, skirt turning on it’s own so zipper is not in centre of the butt, static, revealing too much during leg repositioning … dude stick to pants with no zipper!

    Zipless | Her Bad Mother

  • We're liplocked, and bodylocked, and passionlocked, and the sound of your zipper is a result of my hand near your crotch pulling it down.

    The Sound Of Zippers In Context

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  • Zipper for the fastener goes back to 1911. Trade mark Reporter, Volume 32, page 485
    http://books.google.ca/books?id=81IuAAAAIAAJ


    March 16, 2013

  • The Zipper is a carnival ride designed in 1968 by Chance Rides Manufacturing, Inc., an American manufacturer of amusement rides based in Wichita, Kansas. This ride is noted for the extreme g-forces felt by its riders. The Zipper is still a very popular attraction at many fairs and carnivals.
    _Wikipedia

    January 31, 2008