Pronunciation: (klip),[key] —v.,clipped, clipped or clipt, clip•ping, —n.
—v.t. 1. to cut, or cut off or out, as with shears: to clip a rose from a bush. 2. to trim by cutting: to clip a hedge. 3. to cut or trim the hair or fleece of; shear: to clip a poodle. 4. to pare the edge of (a coin). Cf. sweat (def. 22).
5. to cut short; curtail: We clipped our visit by a week to return home earlier. 6. to pronounce rapidly, with precise articulation and with omission of certain sounds, as of unstressed vowels: an annoying habit of clipping his words. 7. to shorten (a word or phrase) by dropping one or more syllables.
8. Informal.to hit with a quick, sharp blow: He clipped him on the jaw with a sudden punch. 9. Slang.to take or get money from by dishonest means; swindle; rook.
—v.i. 1. to clip or cut something.
2. to cut articles or pictures from a newspaper, magazine, etc.
3. to move swiftly: He clipped along the highway on his motorcycle. 4. Archaic.to fly rapidly.
—n. 1. the act of clipping.
2. anything clipped off, esp. the wool shorn at a single shearing of sheep.
3. the amount of wool shorn in one season.
4. clips,(used with a pl. v.) an instrument for clipping; shears.
5. See film clip. 6. Informal.clipping (def. 2).
7. Informal.a quick, sharp blow: a clip on the jaw. 8. rate; pace: at a rapid clip.
—n. 1. a device that grips and holds tightly.
2. a metal or plastic clasp for holding together papers, letters, etc.
3. See cartridge clip. 4. an article of jewelry or other decoration clipped onto clothing, shoes, hats, etc.
5. a flange on the upper surface of a horseshoe.
6. Also called lug.Shipbuilding.a short length of angle iron connecting and maintaining the angle between two members or surfaces.
7. Archaic.an embrace.
—v.t., v.i. 1. to grip tightly; fasten with or as if with a clip.
2. to encircle; encompass.
3. Football.to block by illegally throwing the body across a player's legs from behind.
4. Archaic.to embrace or hug.