clipper

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clipper (plural clippers)

  1. Anything that clips.
    • 2010, James Morrow, The Last Witchfinder
      Surtouts billowing in an unseasonably fierce wind, the ursine Chelmsford magistrate and his equally bulky constable herded their bound prisoners – three murderers, three thieves, a coin clipper, two convicted witches – across the Common []
  2. (chiefly in the plural) A tool used for clipping something, such as hair, coins, or fingernails.
  3. Something that moves swiftly; especially:
    1. (nautical) Any of several forms of very fast sailing ships having a long, low hull and a sharply raked stem.
    2. (informal) An Alberta clipper.
  4. (electronics) A circuit which prevents the amplitude of a wave from exceeding a set value.

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clipper m (plural clippers)

  1. (nautical) heavy sailing ship
  2. (aviation) transatlantic airplane

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  • Nouveau Petit Larousse illustré. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1952, 146th edition

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