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clipping (See clip)


1 a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun [syn: cartridge holder, cartridge clip, magazine]
2 an instance or single occasion for some event; "this time he succeeded"; "he called four times"; "he could do ten at a clip" [syn: time]
3 any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together
4 an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress
5 the act of clipping or snipping [syn: clipping, snip]
6 a sharp slanting blow; "he gave me a clip on the ear"


1 sever or remove by pinching or snipping; "nip off the flowers" [syn: nip, nip off, snip, snip off]
2 run at a moderately swift pace [syn: trot, jog]
3 attach with a clip; "clip the papers together" [ant: unclip]
4 cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden" [syn: snip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back]
5 terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent; "My speech was cut short"; "Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries" [syn: curtail, cut short] [also: clipping, clipped]clipping


1 an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine; "he searched through piles of letters and clippings" [syn: newspaper clipping, press clipping, cutting, press cutting]
2 cutting down to the desired size or shape [syn: trim, trimming]
3 the act of clipping or snipping [syn: clip, snip]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. present participle of clip


  1. The action of the verb to clip.
  2. A piece of something removed by clipping.
    a clipping of hair
    grass clippings
  3. An article clipped from a newspaper.
  4. A short form (of a word).
    The word "ad" is a clipping of "advertisement".



action of the verb "to clip"
piece of something removed by clipping
article clipped from a newspaper
short form

Extensive Definition

Clipping has several meanings:
clipping in German: Clipping
clipping in Dutch: Clipping

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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