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Meaning of “clip” in the English Dictionary

"clip" in British English

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clipnoun

uk   us   /klɪp/
  • clip noun (FASTENER)

[C] a ​smallobject usually made of ​metal or ​plastic, used for ​fastening things together or ​holding them in ​position: a ​paper/​hair/​tie clip The ​wires were ​fastened together with a ​plastic clip.

clipverb

uk   us   /klɪp/ (-pp-)
  • clip verb (CUT)

[T] to ​cut something with scissors or a ​similarsharptool, ​especially to make it ​tidier: I'm going to clip the ​hedge this ​weekend.UK The ​guard came to clip my ​trainticket (= make a ​hole in it to show that it had been used). I'm always clipping ​recipes out ofmagazines. [T] to ​reduce something by the ​statedamount: Christie has clipped a tenth of a second off the ​record.
  • clip verb (FASTEN)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ​fasten something with a clip: You can always ​tell a ​realbowtie from one that clips on. When you've ​finishedyourworksheets, clip them together and ​hand them in to me.
(Definition of clip from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clip" in American English

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clipnoun

 us   /klɪp/
  • clip noun (FASTENER)

[C] a usually ​metal or ​plasticobject used for ​fastening things together or ​holding them in ​position: Her ​longhair was ​held back with a ​hair clip.
  • clip noun (SPEED)

[U] infml a ​rate of ​speed: I ​drovehome at a good clip.
  • clip noun (GUN PART)

[C] a ​containerholdingbullets and that is put into a ​gun
  • clip noun (CUT)

[C] a ​smallpiece of something [C] A clip is a ​shortpart of a ​film or ​videoshownalone: a ​news clip

clipverb

 us   /klɪp/ (-pp-)
  • clip verb (CUT)

[T] to ​cut a ​piece from something ​larger or ​whole: She clipped the ​coupons out of the ​newspaper. He had his ​beard clipped.
  • clip verb (FASTEN)

[always + adv/prep] to ​fasten with a clip: [T] He had a ​beeper clipped to his ​belt.
(Definition of clip from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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