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zip

noun uk   us   /zɪp/

zip noun (DEVICE)

B2 [C] UK (US zipper) a device consisting of two rows of metal or plastic teeth-like parts that are brought together by pulling a small sliding piece over them, used for closing openings in clothing, bags, etc.: to do up/undo a zip I can't open my bag - the zip has stuck.
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zip noun (SPEED)

[U] informal energy or speed: The new engine has given the car a lot more zip.

zip noun (NOTHING)

[U] US informal nothing: I know zip about computers. The Dolphins are leading the Giants fourteen to zip (= by fourteen points to nothing).

zip

verb uk   us   /zɪp/ (-pp-)

zip verb (FASTEN)

[I or T] to fasten something with a zip: This bag's too full, I can't zip it shut. This dress zips (up) at the back. Zip your coat up, it's cold outside.

zip verb (GO QUICKLY)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] informal to move or go somewhere very quickly: I'm just going to zip along to the shops - I won't be long. We were about to cross the road when a car suddenly zipped past.
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zip verb (COMPUTING)

[T] to compress (= reduce the size of) a computer file so that it uses less space, and can be more easily sent or stored: If you're desperate for disk space you could zip the file (up) and stick it on a floppy.
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Translations of “zip”
in Arabic سَحّاب…
in Korean 지퍼…
in Malaysian zip, desingan…
in French code postal…
in Turkish fermuar…
in Italian cerniera, chiusura lampo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 扣件, 拉鏈,拉鎖…
in Russian молния (застежка)…
in Polish zamek (błyskawiczny)…
in Vietnamese khóa kéo, tiếng rít…
in Spanish cremallera, zumbido…
in Portuguese zíper…
in Thai ซิป, เสียงหวือ…
in German die Postleitzahl…
in Catalan cremallera…
in Japanese ジッパー, ファスナー…
in Indonesian ritsleting, desingan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 扣件, 拉链,拉锁…
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