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Definition of "clipper" [clip•per]

  • One that cuts, shears, or clips. (noun)
  • An instrument or tool for cutting, clipping, or shearing. Often used in the plural: nail clippers. (noun)
  • Nautical A sharp-bowed sailing vessel of the mid-19th century, having tall masts and sharp lines and built for great speed. (noun)
  • One that moves very fast. (noun)
  • Electronics See limiter. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "clipper" in a sentence
  • "The Boeing clipper is widely regarded at the summit of flying boat technology."
  • "Then I said, “Then what do you think a nail clipper is supposedly for?”"
  • "One guy acting independently with a nail clipper is a terrorist."