Meaning of CLIP in English
I. clip 1 /klɪp/ BrE AmE noun
[ Sense 1,3,8: Date: 1400-1500 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ clip 2 (1) ]
[ Sense 2,4-7: Date: 1800-1900 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ clip 2 (2) ]
1 . FOR FASTENING [countable] a small metal or plastic object that holds or fastens things together:
The wire is held on with a metal clip.
a wad of money in a gold clip
⇨ ↑ Bulldog clip , ↑ paperclip
2 . FILM [countable] a short part of a film or television programme that is shown by itself, especially as an advertisement:
clips from the new James Bond film
3 . GUN [countable] a container for bullets which passes them quickly into the gun so that they can be fired
4 . at a good/rapid/fast etc clip quickly:
Traffic was moving at a good clip.
5 . CUT [singular] British English the act of cutting something to make it shorter or tidier:
I gave the hedge a clip.
6 . a clip round the ear/earhole British English informal a short hit on the side of someone’s head
7 . NEWSPAPER [countable] an article that is cut from a newspaper or magazine for a particular reason
8 . $100/50 cents etc a clip American English informal if things cost $100, 50 cents etc a clip, they cost that amount of money each
II. clip 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle clipped , present participle clipping )
[ Sense 1: Language: Old English ; Origin: clyppan 'to hold tight, hug' ]
[ Sense 2-9: Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old Norse ; Origin: klippa ]
1 . FASTEN [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to fasten something together or to be fastened together using a clip
clip something into/onto etc something
A microphone was clipped to his tie.
a stack of bills clipped together
2 . CUT [transitive] to cut small amounts of something in order to make it tidier:
The hedges had just been clipped.
3 . CUT FROM NEWSPAPER [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to cut an article or picture from a newspaper, magazine etc
clip something out of/from something
a cartoon clipped from a Minneapolis newspaper
4 . HIT [transitive] to hit something quickly at an angle, often by accident:
A truck swerved and clipped a parked car.
5 . REDUCE [transitive] to slightly reduce an amount, quantity etc – used in news reports
clip something off/from something
Gunnell clipped a second off the world record.
6 . clip sb’s wings to restrict someone’s freedom, activities, or power
7 . clip somebody round the ear/earhole British English informal to hit someone quickly on the side of the head
8 . TICKET [transitive] British English to make a hole in a bus or train ticket to show that it has been used SYN punch American English
9 . clip your words to say words in a quick, short, and not very friendly way
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▪ fasten to join together the two sides of a piece of clothing, bag, belt etc:
He fastened the necklace behind her neck.
▪ attach to fasten something firmly to another object or surface, using screws, nails, tape, glue etc:
The boards were attached with screws.
The prisoner was attached to the wall with chains.
▪ join to connect or fasten things together:
Join the pieces using a strong glue
▪ glue to join things together using glue:
Glue the fabric to the white card.
▪ tape to fasten something using tape:
The students' name cards were taped to the table.
▪ staple to fasten something using ↑ staple s (=a small piece of wire that is pressed through paper using a special machine) :
Don't staple your resumé to your cover letter.
▪ clip to fasten things together using a ↑ clip (=a small metal object) :
A photo was clipped to the letter.
▪ tie to fasten a tie, shoelaces etc by making a knot:
Don't forget to tie your shoelaces!
▪ do something up especially British English to fasten a piece of clothing or the buttons etc on it:
The teacher doesn't have time to do up every child's coat.
Let me do it up for you.
▪ button (up) to fasten a shirt, coat etc with buttons:
His shirt was buttoned right to the top.
▪ zip (up) to fasten a piece of clothing, a bag etc with a ↑ zip :
Zip up your jacket, it's cold.
▪ buckle (up) to fasten a seat belt, belt, shoe etc that has a ↑ buckle (=small metal object that fits through a hole in a strap) :
The little girl struggled to buckle her shoes.
▪ unfasten/untie/undo/unbutton/unzip to open something that is fastened:
Do not unfasten your seatbelt until the car has stopped completely.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012