Definition of zip in English:

zip

Syllabification: zip

verb (zips, zipping, zipped)

1 [with object] Fasten with a zipper: I zipped up my sweater
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  • Liz stood at the door in gray sweatpants and a black jacket that was zipped up.
  • However they imagined this end, I cannot help but seeing an image of a body bag being zipped up.
  • I pulled out three dollars and zipped my purse.
1.1 (zip someone up) Fasten the zipper of a garment that someone is wearing: he zipped himself up
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  • ‘Shut up and slip into the dress, so I can zip you up’ Kirk said coolly.
  • He was over in a flash, zipped her up, helped her on with her coat: a complete gentleman.
  • I zipped him up inside my comfy top thing so that his head was poking out from just under my chin, and I set about cooking dinner.
1.2 Computing Compress (a file) so that it takes less space in storage.
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  • The standard way around this is to zip the executable files before sending them.
  • The Trojan arrives in an e-mail with an attachment that is zipped and contains an executable.
  • Like the smaller test, we'll be zipping the images into one zip file, then testing again with all the files separate.
2 [no object] informal Move at high speed: swallows zipped back and forth across the lake
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  • Brooks, a war correspondent, has obviously done her homework, and her first novel zips along entertainingly, filled with incident and detail.
  • The magnesium catches fire and zips around on the surface of the water.
  • I literally feel life zip by me while I stand rooted.
2.1 [with object] Cause to move or be delivered or dealt with rapidly: he zipped a pass out to his receiver
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  • First, Ginobili drove the lane and drew Duncan's defender, zipping a pass to Duncan all alone on the baseline for a 19-footer.
  • Carr zipped a perfect pass to a wide-open Johnson, who dropped the easy catch that would have given Houston another third down conversion.
  • Against the Kings, Yao zipped a no-look scoop pass across the court to PG Steve Francis.

noun

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1 (also zip fastener) chiefly British A zipper.
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  • Miss Stephenson was wearing black baggy knee-length combat trousers covered in zips and chains, and knee-length stripy socks with white Adidas trainers.
  • Today, however, I set out for the walk and the zip stayed open as I pulled it up.
  • Yes, belts, buckles and zips are high fashion for us men this winter.
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting something fastened by a zipper: a zip pocket
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  • She was wearing blue jeans and a black zip top with ‘Sherbourne’ written on the front in white lettering.
  • It's light and has plenty of space, as well as a zip pocket.
  • The pants have an elastic drawcord waist, articulated knees, stretch panels on the waist, and a back zip pocket.
2 informal Energy; vigor: he’s full of zip
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  • Even in the scrappy draw with Everton last Monday, there were signs that it has given them a bit of their old zip, and they will approach this afternoon in good spirits.
  • Want to add some crunch to your salad, some zing to your pasta, some zip to your dip?
  • The zip she detects in Tokyo is missing in London and/or Paris and/or New York, she is saying.
3 short for zip code.

pronoun

(also zippo) North American informal Back to top  
Nothing at all: you got zip to do with me and my kind, buddy
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  • That will mean that anyone earning under $38,000 gets zero, zippo, and members of Parliament get at least $100 a week extra.
  • And you don't have to sacrifice zip for cleaner air.
  • I checked in on concerned daughter, again zippo.

Origin

mid 19th century: imitative.

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