Definition of clipper in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈklɪpə


  • 1 (also clippers) An instrument for cutting or trimming small pieces off things: hedge clippers
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    • The only time he looked forward was to peer over his hedge clippers into the kitchen window where Mahulda drank her peaberry coffee.
    • She said a majority of the seized goods include open liquor, scissors, nail files, clippers, pen knives and other pointy objects.
    • Other items confiscated prior to boarding include scissors, nail files, clippers and pen knives.
  • 2 (also clipper ship) A fast sailing ship, especially one of 19th-century design with concave bows and raked masts: the Cutty Sark, a tea clipper built in 1869
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    • Star Clipper and her near-identical sister ship are fantastic square-rigged clippers.
    • Strictly speaking, the new Amistad is a reproduction or a recreation of the original, a Baltimore clipper built in Cuba around 1835 to carry general cargo.
    • Indeed I found a reference to the East India Company clipper Union landing on the island in 1609.
  • 3 Electronics another term for limiter.
  • 3.1 (also clipper chip) A microchip which inserts an identifying code into encrypted transmissions that allows them to be deciphered by a third party having access to a Government-held key.
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    • There were contentious debates over the clipper chip, online wire tapping, and encryption.
    • It's a government conspiracy - they're installing clipper chips in the new ones.

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