What does ZIP mean?

Definitions for ZIPzɪp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ZIP.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip, zippo(noun)

    a quantity of no importance

    "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it"

  2. ZIP code, ZIP, postcode, postal code(noun)

    a code of letters and digits added to a postal address to aid in the sorting of mail

  3. energy, vigor, vigour, zip(noun)

    forceful exertion

    "he plays tennis with great energy"; "he's full of zip"

  4. slide fastener, zip, zipper, zip fastener(verb)

    a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab

  5. zip up, zipper, zip(verb)

    close with a zipper

    "Zip up your jacket--it's cold"

  6. travel rapidly, speed, hurry, zip(verb)

    move very fast

    "The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed"


  1. ZIP(Noun)

    A common file format for data compression

  2. Origin: Onomatopoeic.


  1. Zip

    .ZIP is an archive file format that supports lossless data compression. A .ZIP file may contain one or more files or folders that may have been compressed. The .ZIP file format permits a number of compression algorithms. The format was originally created in 1989 by Phil Katz, and was first implemented in PKWARE's PKZIP utility, as a replacement for the previous ARC compression format by Thom Henderson. The .ZIP format is now supported by many software utilities other than PKZIP. Microsoft has included built-in .ZIP support in versions of Microsoft Windows since 1998. Apple has included built-in .ZIP support in Mac OS X 10.3 and later. Most free operating systems have builtin support for .ZIP in similar manners to Windows and Mac OS X, while also supporting several other formats in a similar manner. .ZIP files generally use the file extensions ".zip" or ".ZIP" and the MIME media type application/zip.ZIP is used as a base file format by many programs, usually under a different name. When navigating a file system via a user interface, graphical icons representing .ZIP files often appear as a document or other object prominently featuring a zipper.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Zip

    zip, n. the ping or sound of a bullet striking anything or whizzing through the air. [Imit.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. zip

    [primarily MS-DOS/Windows] To create a compressed archive from a group of files using PKWare's PKZIP or a compatible archiver. Its use is spreading now that portable implementations of the algorithm have been written. Commonly used as follows: “I'll zip it up and send it to you.” See tar and feather.

Suggested Resources

  1. ZIP

    What does ZIP stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the ZIP acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ZIP in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ZIP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tadashi Shoji:

    This is for a busy woman, one zip. That’s it.

  2. Martin Mull:

    The town where I grew up has a zip code of E-I-E-I-O.

  3. Alexander Freeman:

    They zip-tied our hands, they didn't read us our rights, and they searched the car.

  4. Tony Wooten:

    She forced employees to the back of the store, where she zip-tied their hands before robbing the Zales.

  5. Jennifer Eisner:

    It wasn't until later that MDHHS epidemiologists took a more in-depth look at the data by ZIP code and confirmed an increase outside of normal trends.

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