Pronunciation: (klip'ur), [key]
1. a person or thing that clips or cuts.
2. Often, clippers. (often used with a pl. v.) a cutting tool, esp. shears: hedge clippers.
3. Usually, clippers. (usually used with a pl. v.) a mechanical or electric tool for cutting hair, fingernails, or the like: He told the barber, “No clippers on the sides, please.”
4. Naut.Also called clipper ship. a sailing ship built and rigged for speed, esp. a type of three-masted ship with a fast hull form and a lofty rig, built in the U.S. from c1845, and in Great Britain from a later date, until c1870, and used in trades in which speed was more important than cargo capacity.
5. Electronics.a device that gives output only for an input above or below a certain critical value.
6. a person or thing that moves along swiftly.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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