clip (clips, present participle clipping; past and past participle clipped)
- To grip tightly.
- To fasten with a clip.
- Please clip the photos to the pages where they will go.
- (archaic) To hug, embrace.
- c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
- What, fifty of my followers at a clap!
- 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
- 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
- 1922 , James Joyce, Ulysses, chapter III:
- White thy fambles, red thy gan
- And thy quarrons dainty is.
- Couch a hogshead with me then.
- In the darkmans clip and kiss.
- (slang) To collect signatures, generally with the use of a clipboard.
clip (plural clips)
- Something which clips or grasps; a device for attaching one object to another.
- Use this clip to attach the check to your tax form.
- An unspecified but normally understood as rapid speed or pace.
- She reads at a pretty good clip.
- He was walking at a fair clip and I was out of breath trying to keep up.
- (obsolete) An embrace.
- A frame containing a number of bullets which is intended to be inserted into the magazine of a firearm to allow for rapid reloading.
- 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.
- (fishing, UK, Scotland) A gaff or hook for landing the fish, as in salmon fishing.
clip (clips, present participle clipping; past and past participle clipt)
- 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.
- 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 18, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (
please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
- To curtail; to cut short.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vii]:
- All my reports go with the modest truth; / No more nor clipped, but so.
- 1712, Jonathan Swift, ''''
- In London they clip their words after one manner about the court, another in the city, and a third in the suburbs.
- (dialectal, informal) To strike with the hand.
- I'll clip ye round the lugs!
- To hit or strike, especially in passing.
- The car skidded off the road and clipped a lamppost.
- (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.
- (signal processing) To cut off a signal level at a certain maximum value.
- (computer graphics) To discard (an occluded part of a model or scene) rather than waste resources on rendering it.
- (computer graphics, ambitransitive) (Of a camera, character model, etc.) To move (through or into) (a rendered object or barrier).
- The camera keeps clipping that ceiling.
- Clipping through walls is integral to the game's speedruns.
- (computer graphics, ergative) To move the camera, a character model, or another object (through or into a rendered object or barrier).
- Oh, no, I clipped my avatar through the barrier!
- To cheat, swindle, or fleece.
- to grab or take stealthily
- Something which has been clipped from a larger whole:
- An act of clipping, such as a haircut.
- I went into the salon to get a clip.
- (uncountable, Geordie) The condition of something, its state.
- Deeky the clip of that aad wife ower thor!
- (informal) A blow with the hand (often in the set phrase clip round the ear)
- Give him a clip round the ear!