clip

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English clyppan, from Proto-Germanic *klupjaną.

Verb[edit]

clip (third-person singular simple present clips, present participle clipping, simple past and past participle clipped)

  1. To grip tightly.
  2. To fasten with a clip.
    Please clip the photos to the pages where they will go.
  3. (archaic) To hug, embrace.
    • Shakespeare
      O [] that Neptune's arms, who clippeth thee about, / Would bear thee from the knowledge of thyself.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 5
      When we had sufficiently graduated our advances towards the main point, by toying, kissing, clipping, feeling my breasts, now round and plump, feeling that part of me I might call a furnace-mouth, from the prodigious intense heat his fiery touches had rekindled there, my young sportsman, embolden'd by every freedom he could wish, wantonly takes my hand, and carries it to that enormous machine of his
  4. (slang) To collect signatures, generally with the use of a clipboard.
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Noun[edit]

clip (plural clips)

  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. (slang) An unspecified but normally understood as rapid speed or pace.
    She reads at a pretty good clip.
  3. (obsolete) An embrace.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Philip Sidney to this entry?)
  4. A frame containing a number of bullets which is intended to be inserted into the magazine of a firearm to allow for rapid reloading.
  5. 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Youatt to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from Old Norse klippa.

Verb[edit]

clip (third-person singular simple present clips, present participle clipping, simple past and past participle clipt or clipped)

  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.
    • Macaulay
      sentenced to have his ears clipped
  2. To curtail; to cut short.
    • Shakespeare
      All my reports go with the modest truth; / No more nor clipped, but so.
    • Jonathan Swift
      In London they clip their words after one manner about the court, another in the city, and a third in the suburbs.
  3. (dialectal, informal) To strike with the hand.
    I'll clip ye round the lugs!
  4. (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.
  5. (signal processing) to cut off a signal level at a certain maximum value
  6. (computer graphics) To discard (an occluded part of a model or scene) rather than waste resources on rendering it.
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Noun[edit]

clip (countable and uncountable, plural clips)

  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. The product of a single shearing of sheep; a season's crop of wool.
  4. (uncountable, informal) A speed or pace.
    He was walking at a pretty good clip and I was out of breath trying to keep up.
  5. (uncountable, Geordie) The condition of something, its state.
    Deeky the clip of that aad wife ower thor!
  6. (informal) A blow with the hand.
    Give him a clip round the ear!
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References[edit]

  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • National Football League (2007). Official Rules of the National Football League 2007. Triumph Books.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English clip.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

clip m (plural clips)

  1. music video
  2. clip-on (earring)

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English.

Noun[edit]

clip m (invariable)

  1. clip
  2. paper clip

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English.

Noun[edit]

clip m (plural clips)

  1. paper clip