What does clipping mean?

Definitions for clipping
ˈklɪp ɪŋclip·ping

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clipping, newspaper clipping, press clipping, cutting, press cuttingnoun

    an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine

    "he searched through piles of letters and clippings"

  2. trim, trimming, clippingnoun

    cutting down to the desired size or shape

  3. clip, clipping, snipnoun

    the act of clipping or snipping


  1. Clippingnoun

    (Football) The act of hitting a player from behind, for the purpose of blocking. It is illegal in football because it can lead to injury to the blocked player, who cannot anticipate the action. A penalty of 10 yards or more may be assessed against the team of the offending player.

  2. Clippingnoun

    The act of cutting off, curtailing, or diminishing; the practice of clipping the edges of coins. This practise was common when precious metals such as silver or gold were used in commonly circulated major coins, such as the dime, quarter, and higher denominations; scoundrels would remove small slivers of precious metal from the edges of many coins, eventually accumulating enough precious metal to be worth a significant sum, while passing on the clipped coins at their nominal values. After most governments discontinued coinage in silver and gold in the late 1900's, the practice became obsolete. The serrations, or milling, at the edges of coins was introduced to defeat the practice by making the result of clipping evident. Many coins continued to be made with milled edges even after the practice of clipping was rendered pointless by use of non-precious metals in coinage.


  1. clippingnoun

    A piece of something removed by clipping.

  2. clippingnoun

    An article clipped from a newspaper.

  3. clippingnoun

    A short form (of a word).

    The word "ad" is a clipping of "advertisement".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Clippingnoun

    The part cut or clipped off.

    Etymology: from clip.

    Beings purely material, without sense, perception, or thought, as the clippings of our beards, and parings of our nails. John Locke.


  1. clipping

    Clipping is a process or technique that involves reducing, limiting, or cutting something, often in reference to audio, digital graphics or text/textual reference. In audio, it refers to distortion caused by cutting off the peaks of sound waves. In digital graphics, it refers to the process of confining an image or graphic within a boundary. In linguistics, clipping refers to shortening a word by removing one or more syllables.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clipping

    of Clip

  2. Clippingnoun

    the act of embracing

  3. Clippingnoun

    the act of cutting off, curtailing, or diminishing; the practice of clipping the edges of coins

  4. Clippingnoun

    that which is clipped off or out of something; a piece separated by clipping; as, newspaper clippings


  1. Clipping

    Any procedure which identifies that portion of a picture which is either inside or outside a region is referred to as a clipping algorithm or clipping. The region against which an object is to be clipped is called clipping window.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clipping in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clipping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of clipping in a Sentence

  1. Raffy Karamanoukian:

    It involves clipping the nerve that gives the message to the sweat glands and armpit.

  2. Photographer Blincoe:

    You could take a photo of a bouquet of flowers or you could spend five hours clipping the tops and arranging them by gradient, it's just a different way of looking at something that other people aren't willing to put in the time for.

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