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

  • n. Something cut off or out, especially an item clipped from a newspaper or magazine.
  • n. See clipped form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of clip.
  • n. A piece of something removed by clipping.
  • n. An article clipped from a newspaper.
  • n. A short form (of a word).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of embracing.
  • n. The act of cutting off, curtailing, or diminishing; the practice of clipping the edges of coins.
  • n. That which is clipped off or out of something; a piece separated by clipping.
  • n. The act of hitting a player from behind, for the purpose of blocking. It is illegal in football because it can lead to injury to the blocked player, who cannot anticipate the action. A penalty of 10 yards or more may be assessed against the team of the offending player.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Embracing; encircling.
  • In heraldry, clasping, as two hands. See conjoined.
  • Swift: as, a clipping pace.
  • Smart; showy; first-rate.
  • n. The act of embracing.
  • n. The act of cutting or shearing off.
  • n. A sheep-shearing.
  • n. That which is clipped off or out; a piece separated by clipping: as, tailors' clippings; a newspaper clipping.

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

  • n. cutting down to the desired size or shape
  • n. the act of clipping or snipping
  • n. an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine


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  • another definition is from audio jargon, where input exceeds the dynamic capacity of a microphone and is "clipped".

    February 5, 2010

  • one of the definitions is "to shorten a word by dropping one or more syllables"

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