clip

Use the noun clip to talk about a fastener that holds things together, like a paper clip or a hair clip.

A clip keeps loose things attached to each other, but when you clip something, you cut small pieces off of it. Think of when you clip your dog's toenails or clip the dangling ends off the blanket you're knitting. You can also use the verb clip for a figurative kind of cutting, like when you clip two minutes off your marathon time or clip your words — say them quickly and tensely — when you're angry.

Primary Meanings of clip

1.
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any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together
attach with a clip
2.
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sever or remove by pinching or snipping
the act of clipping or snipping
3.
nv
an instance or single occasion for some event
run at a moderately swift pace
4.
n
a sharp slanting blow
Full Definitions of clip
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n any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together

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bicycle clip, trouser clip
a clip worn around a cyclist's ankles that keeps trousers from becoming caught in the bicycle chain
alligator clip, bulldog clip
a clip with a spring that closes the metal jaws
hair slide
a decorative hinged clip that girls and women put in their hair to hold it in place
gem clip, paper clip, paperclip
a wire or plastic clip for holding sheets of paper together
Type of:
fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

n an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress

Type of:
jewellery, jewelry
an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)

n a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun

Synonyms:
cartridge clip, cartridge holder, magazine
Types:
pincurl clip
a variety of clip for holding pin curls
Type of:
supply chamber
a mechanical device for holding something and supplying it as needed

v attach with a clip

clip the papers together”
Antonyms:
unclip
remove the clip from
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached
2

v sever or remove by pinching or snipping

Synonyms:
nip, nip off, snip, snip off
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

Synonyms:
crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim
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shear
cut with shears
poll, pollard
convert into a pollard
pinch, top
cut the top off
disbud
thin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers
tail
remove the stalk of fruits or berries
Type of:
thin out
make sparse

v terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent

Synonyms:
curtail, cut short
Type of:
shorten
make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration

n the act of clipping or snipping

Synonyms:
clipping, snip
Types:
nip, pinch
a small sharp bite or snip
Type of:
cut, cutting, cutting off
the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends
3

n an instance or single occasion for some event

“he could do ten at a clip
Synonyms:
time
Type of:
case, example, instance
an occurrence of something

v run at a moderately swift pace

Synonyms:
jog, trot
Type of:
run
move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
4

n a sharp slanting blow

“he gave me a clip on the ear”
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

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