beclip

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English beclippen, from Old English beclyppan (to clip, clasp, embrace, enfold), from Proto-Germanic *bi- (be-), *klupjaną (to hold, clench), from Proto-Indo-European *glēb-, *glēp- (to hold, clench), equivalent to be- +‎ clip. Compare also Middle English umbeclippen (to embrace). More at umbeclip.

Verb[edit]

beclip (third-person singular simple present beclips, present participle beclipping, simple past and past participle beclipped)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To fold in the arms; embrace; clasp.
    • John Wycliffe, Mark, ix. 36.
      And he took a child, and sette hym in the myddil of hem; and whanne he hadde biclippid hym, he seide to hem,
      Who euer resseyueth oon of such children in my name, he resseyueth me; and who euer resseyueth me, he resseyueth not me aloone, but hym that sente me.
    • John Gower, Confessio Amantis, i.
      And sodenly, ere she it wiste,
      Beclipt in armés he her kiste.
  2. (transitive) To wrap around; enclose; encircle; surround.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To include; comprise; comprehend; contain.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To lay hold of; seize upon; grip; catch; overtake.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To curdle (milk).
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From be- +‎ clip.

Verb[edit]

beclip (third-person singular simple present beclips, present participle beclipping, simple past and past participle beclipped)

  1. (transitive) To clip around or about (the edges of); crop.
    beclip a photograph