Clip v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clipped p. pr. & vb. n. Clipping.]
1. To embrace, hence; to encompass.
O . . . that Neptune's arms, who clippeth thee about,
Would bear thee from the knowledge of thyself. --Shak.
2. To cut off; as with shears or scissors; as, to clip the hair; to clip coin.
Sentenced to have his ears clipped. --Macaulay.
3. To curtail; to cut short.
All my reports go with the modest truth;
No more nor clipped, but so. --Shak.
In London they clip their words after one manner about the court, another in the city, and a third in the suburbs. --Swift.
n 1: a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be
inserted into an automatic gun [syn: cartridge holder,
cartridge clip, magazine]
2: an instance or single occasion for some event; "this time he
succeeded"; "he called four times"; "he could do ten at a
clip" [syn: time]
3: any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles
4: an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or
5: the act of clipping or snipping [syn: clipping, snip]
6: a sharp slanting blow; "he gave me a clip on the ear"
v 1: sever or remove by pinching or snipping; "nip off the
flowers" [syn: nip, nip off, snip, snip off]
2: run at a moderately swift pace [syn: trot, jog]
3: attach with a clip; "clip the papers together" [ant: unclip]
4: cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the
plants in the garden" [syn: snip, crop, trim, lop,
dress, prune, cut back]
5: terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or
its full extent; "My speech was cut short"; "Personal
freedom is curtailed in many countries" [syn: curtail, cut
[also: clipping, clipped]
adj 1: having an end or small portion cut off; "birds with clipped
wings cannot fly" [ant: unclipped]
2: (of animals) having ears or tail cut short; "doberman
pinschers with docked tails and ears" [syn: docked]
3: cut or trimmed by clipping; "a handsome man with a clipped
moustache"; "clipped hedges"; "close-clipped lawns"; "a
4: (of speech) having quick short sounds; "a clipped