Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A brief sharp hissing sound.
  • noun Energy; vim.
  • noun A zipper.
  • noun Slang Nothing; nil; zero.
  • intransitive verb To move with a sharp hissing sound.
  • intransitive verb To move or act with a speed that suggests such a sound.
  • intransitive verb To act or proceed swiftly and energetically.
  • intransitive verb To become fastened or unfastened by a zipper.
  • intransitive verb To cause to move with speed and force.
  • intransitive verb To fasten or unfasten with a zipper.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The sound of a bullet passing through the air or striking against an object.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To make, or move with, such a sound.
  • noun A hissing or sibilant sound such as that made by a flying bullet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The high-pitched sound of a small object moving rapidly through air.
  • noun Energy; vigor; vim
  • noun UK, New Zealand A zip fastener.
  • noun Zero; nothing
  • noun A trip on a zipline
  • interjection The high-pitched sound of a small object moving rapidly through air.
  • verb transitive To close with a zip fastener.
  • verb transitive, figuratively To close as if with a zip fastener.
  • verb transitive, computing To compress (one or more computer files) into a single and often smaller file, especially one in the ZIP format.
  • verb intransitive (followed by a preposition) To move rapidly (in a specified direction or to a specified place) with a high-pitched sound.
  • verb intransitive, colloquial (followed by a preposition) To move in haste (in a specified direction or to a specified place).
  • verb transitive To make (something) move quickly
  • verb To travel on a zipline.
  • noun US Shortened form of ZIP code, the US postal code.
  • noun US Any postal code, for any country.

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

  • noun a quantity of no importance
  • verb close with a zipper
  • noun a code of letters and digits added to a postal address to aid in the sorting of mail
  • noun forceful exertion
  • verb move very fast
  • noun a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab

Etymologies

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

[Imitative.]

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Onomatopoeic.

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From zip code

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