Meaning of CLIP in English


I. ˈklip transitive verb

( clipped ; clip·ping )

Etymology: Middle English clippen, from Old English clyppan; akin to Old High German klāftra fathom, Lithuanian globti to embrace

Date: before 12th century

1. : encompass


a. : to hold in a tight grip : clutch

b. : to clasp, fasten, or secure with a clip

II. noun

Date: 15th century

1. : any of various devices that grip, clasp, or hook

2. : a device to hold cartridges for charging the magazines of some rifles ; also : a magazine from which ammunition is fed into the chamber of a firearm

3. : a piece of jewelry held in position by a clip

III. verb

( clipped ; clip·ping )

Etymology: Middle English clippen, from Old Norse klippa

Date: 13th century

transitive verb


a. : to cut or cut off with or as if with shears

clip a dog's hair

clip an hour off traveling time

b. : to cut off the distal or outer part of


(1) : excise III

(2) : to cut items out of (as a newspaper)


a. : curtail , diminish

b. : to abbreviate in speech or writing

3. : hit , punch ; especially : to strike in passing

the car skidded off the road and clipped a lamppost

4. : to illegally block (an opposing player) in football

5. : to take money from unfairly or dishonestly especially by overcharging

the nightclub clipped the tourist for $200

intransitive verb

1. : to clip something

2. : to travel or pass rapidly

3. : to clip an opposing player in football

IV. noun

Date: 15th century


a. plural , Scottish : shears

b. : a 2-bladed instrument for cutting especially the nails

2. : something that is clipped: as

a. : the product of a single shearing (as of sheep)

b. : a crop of wool of a sheep, a flock, or a region

c. : a section of filmed, videotaped, or recorded material

d. : a clipping especially from a newspaper

3. : an act of clipping

4. : a sharp blow

5. : rate 4a

continues at a brisk clip

6. : a single instance or occasion : time

he charged $10 a clip

— often used in the phrase at a clip

trained 1000 workers at a clip

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.