from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Designed to attach by means of a clip: clip-on earrings.

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  • adj. That attaches to something by means of a clip

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having a clip as the means of attachment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a device (as an earring, sunglasses, microphone etc.) that is attached by clips
  • adj. attachable by a clip


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  • Adam has a window fan; Elayna has a clip-on bedside table fan and a stand fan.

    Odin's Day

  • For those who cannot tie their own bow ties, there are plenty of clip-on or ready-tied versions on the market, including those made from satin and velvet.

    A Return to Tying the Knot

  • What I've been seeing is the more structured bow tie—the hand-stitched, clip-on, simple solution.

    Barneys New York's Simon Doonan on the Bow Tie—Its Comeback, Characteristics and Caveats

  • A far cry from those flimsy, grill-free clip-on fans you often see, the Propello creates some serious wind with an ultra-quiet ball-bearing motor.

    An Air of Cool

  • What do you all think they are doing with all of those pairs of clip-on (some of them have springs and some have magnetic devices for attaching to the primary glasses) sunglasses?

    So...the laws of physics have been violated...

  • Over the last five years I have lost so many pairs of clip-on sunglasses in my apartment that, if physics did apply, there would be a large enough pile of sunglasses to be noticed by the naked eye.

    So...the laws of physics have been violated...

  • Guests received Ear Charms, ear-cuff jewelry that wraps on the ear without piercing or clipping, glasses with magnetized clip-on shades by Chemistrie, bath products for pets by I Heart Pet Head, mosquito repelling candles from Bite-Lite.

    Zorianna Kit: 2012 Grammy Awards Gifting Suites

  • It has an attachment for your smart phone there's an app that will even plan a scenic walk for you and your pampered offspring; a clip-on snack holder for in-transit dining; a special website for sharing your pictures with other smug parents.

    Charlie Condou: The three of us

  • When the eventful day arrived, each girl was dressed in white, and all the boys, including me, wore white suits, white clip-on ties, and white gloves.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • On the eve of his tenth birthday, Bobby stood in the doorway of his house wearing, for the first time in his young life, dress slacks, a white shirt, and a clip-on tie.

    The Sins of Brother Curtis


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