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1 a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun [syn: cartridge holder, cartridge clip, magazine]
2 an instance or single occasion for some event; "this time he succeeded"; "he called four times"; "he could do ten at a clip" [syn: time]
3 any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together
4 an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress
5 the act of clipping or snipping [syn: clipping, snip]
6 a sharp slanting blow; "he gave me a clip on the ear"


1 sever or remove by pinching or snipping; "nip off the flowers" [syn: nip, nip off, snip, snip off]
2 run at a moderately swift pace [syn: trot, jog]
3 attach with a clip; "clip the papers together" [ant: unclip]
4 cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden" [syn: snip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back]
5 terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent; "My speech was cut short"; "Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries" [syn: curtail, cut short] [also: clipping, clipped]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /klɪp/ /klIp/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪp

Etymology 1

clyppan, from .


  1. To grip tightly.
  2. To fasten with a clip.
    Please clip the photos to the pages where they will go.
  3. To hug, embrace.


  1. Something which clips or grasps; a device for attaching one object to another.
    Use this clip to attach the check to your tax form.
  2. An embrace.

Etymology 2

Probably from klippa.


  1. 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.
  2. dialectal informal To strike with the hand.
    Aall clip ye round the lugs!
  3. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. An act of clipping, such as a haircut.
    I went into the salon to get a clip.
  3. uncountable informal A speed or pace.
    He was walking at a pretty good clip and I was out of breath trying to keep up.
  4. uncountable Geordie The condition of something, its state.
    Deeky the clip of that aad wife ower thor!


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  • National Football League (2007). Official Rules of the National Football League 2007. Triumph Books.



Extensive Definition

Clip may refer to:
In holding devices:
In cutouts or segments:
In other usage
clip in German: Clip
clip in Korean: 클립
clip in Dutch: Clip
clip in Thai: คลิป

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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