Definition of clipper in English:

clipper

Syllabification: clip·per
Pronunciation: /ˈklipər
 
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noun

1 (usually clippers) An instrument for cutting or trimming small pieces off things: hair 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 Electronics another term for limiter.
3 (also clipper chip) A microchip that inserts an identifying code into encrypted transmissions, allowing 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.
4 (also clipper ship) A fast sailing ship, especially one of 19th-century design with concave bows and raked masts.
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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.

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