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  1. present participle and gerund of clip


clipping (countable and uncountable, plural clippings)

  1. The act by which something is clipped (in any sense).
  2. (countable) A piece of something removed by clipping.
    Synonyms: offcut, snippet
    a clipping of hair
    grass clippings
    • 2001 June 19, Pat Kiewicz, “Mulch in the garden”, in rec.gardens[1] (Usenet), message-ID <_ZFX6.44183$>:
      I use a mulching mower and usually let the clippings go back to the lawn, but sometimes I'll gather clippings for mulching in the vegetable garden.
  3. (countable) An article clipped from a newspaper.
    Synonym: cutting
    • 2011 November 19, James Bishop Jr., “Grand Canyon mystery runs deep”, in The Arizona Republic:
      When a 90-year-old yellowed clipping appeared one day at my feet, an implausible new mystery entered my life.
  4. (countable, linguistics) A short form (of a word) created by removing syllables.
    Synonym: short form
    The word "ad" is a clipping of "advertisement".
    • 2007 December 11, Peter T. Daniels, “Bushman clicks and tsks”, in sci.lang[2] (Usenet), message-ID <>:
      > --Lia
      An unusual clipping! -or is it not short for Julia?
  5. (uncountable, signal processing) The process of cutting off a signal level that rises above a certain maximum level.
  6. (uncountable, computer graphics) The use of a mask to hide part of an object or image.
  7. (uncountable, American football, Canadian football) Falling, rolling, or throwing one's body on the back of an opponent's legs after approaching from behind.



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clipping (not comparable)

  1. (UK, slang, obsolete) Excellent; very good.
    • 1880, Richard Mounteney Jephson, A Pink Wedding, volume 1, page 124:
      A Yankee fellow told a clipping good story.
    • 1887, Fores's Sporting Notes & Sketches, page 270:
      Rather! a clipping good run!

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