Definition of clip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//klɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klɪp//
    Showing films
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  1. 1[countable] (often in compounds) a small metal or plastic object used for holding things together or in place a hair clip toe clips on a bicycle see also bicycle clip, Bulldog clip™, paper clip
  2. 2 [countable] a piece of jewellery that fastens to your clothes a diamond clip
  3. 3[singular] the act of cutting something to make it shorter He gave the hedge a clip.
  4. 4[countable] a short part of a film/movie that is shown separately Here is a clip from her latest movie. See related entries: Showing films
  5. 5[countable] (British English, informal) a quick hit with your hand She gave him a clip round the ear for being cheeky.
  6. 6[countable] a set of bullets in a metal container that is placed in or attached to a gun for firing
  7. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 and noun sense 6 Old English clyppan (verb), of West Germanic origin. The noun use dates from the late 15th cent. noun senses 3 to 5 Middle English: from Old Norse klippa, probably imitative.Extra examples Paper clips held the picture in place. She put a clip in her hair. You will see in this clip how well she acts. a clip from a Sherlock Holmes movie The documentary began with a clip from the President’s inauguration speech.Idioms
    at a fast, good, steady, etc. clip
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    (especially North American English) quickly Land prices will rise at a healthy clip.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: clip