from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that cuts, shears, or clips.
- n. An instrument or tool for cutting, clipping, or shearing. Often used in the plural: nail clippers.
- n. Nautical A sharp-bowed sailing vessel of the mid-19th century, having tall masts and sharp lines and built for great speed.
- n. One that moves very fast.
- n. Electronics See limiter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Anything that clips.
- n. A tool used for clipping something, such as hair, coins, or fingernails.
- n. Something that moves swiftly; especially:
- n. A circuit which prevents the amplitude of a wave from exceeding a set value.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who clips; specifically, one who clips off the edges of coins.
- n. A machine for clipping hair, esp. the hair of horses.
- n. A vessel with a sharp bow, built with a fast hull and tall sails, rigged for fast sailing, and used in trade where the cargo capacity was less important than the speed; -- called also clipper ship.
- n. a circuit that limits the amplitude of a waveform.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which clips; especially, one who reduces the size, value, or importance of anything by clipping it.
- n. A cutting-tool of the nature of shears; specifically, a tool with rotating or reciprocating knives used for cutting hair, and especially for clipping horses. See clipping-shears.
- n. A sailing vessel built with very sharp lines, more or less raking masts, and great spread of canvas, with a view to speed: a development of a model for the mercantile marine first built at Baltimore, U. S., and called the Baltimore clipper.
- n. A person or an animal that runs swiftly, or looks as if capable of running swiftly; a very smart person; something first-rate.
- n. An Australian bird of the genus Ephthianura: as, the wag-tail clipper, E. albïfrons.
- n. The larva of species of Sialis, a genus of neuropterous insects, used for bait by anglers. Also called, in the United States, crawler, dobson, and hellgrammite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (electronics) a nonlinear electronic circuit whose output is limited in amplitude; used to limit the instantaneous amplitude of a waveform (to clip off the peaks of a waveform)
- n. scissors for cutting hair or finger nails (often used in the plural)
- n. shears for cutting grass or shrubbery (often used in the plural)
- n. a fast sailing ship used in former times
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The Boeing clipper is widely regarded at the summit of flying boat technology.
Then I said, “Then what do you think a nail clipper is supposedly for?”
One guy acting independently with a nail clipper is a terrorist.
Her mother, Jackiey, the daughter of a market trader, was described in her daughter's autobiography as a petty thief and "clipper" - a woman who pretends to be a prostitute but runs off with the money instead.
There was also the District Nurse, an amazing lady who worked all hours (her father had served before the mast in clipper ships in the last decade of the 19th.
For heaven’s sake, nail clipper is to cut nails and it’s such disgusting to use a personal grooming tool in the public.
In our next Alberta clipper, which is also moving rapidly, rolling across the high plains and the prairies of North and South Dakota, that will be the next one to affect the northeast.
The “Albatross” might be called a clipper with thirty-seven masts.
For Henry, booking passage on a clipper was like riding the Concorde: the clipper was a sublime technological feat, a gasp-inducing marvel that alters the sense of what humanity can achieve.
To begin with, she was not a regular sea-going steamer with auxiliary sails like the _Royal William_, but a so-called clipper-built, full-rigged ship of three hundred tons with a small auxiliary engine and paddle-wheels made to be let down her sides when the wind failed.