Definition of Clipper

1. Noun. (electronics) a nonlinear electronic circuit whose output is limited in amplitude; used to limit the instantaneous amplitude of a waveform (to clip off the peaks of a waveform). "A limiter introduces amplitude distortion"

Exact synonyms: Limiter
Generic synonyms: Circuit, Electric Circuit, Electrical Circuit
Category relationships: Electronics
Derivative terms: Limit

2. Noun. A fast sailing ship used in former times.
Exact synonyms: Clipper Ship
Generic synonyms: Sailing Ship, Sailing Vessel

3. Noun. Shears for cutting grass or shrubbery (often used in the plural).
Generic synonyms: Shears
Derivative terms: Clip, Clip

4. Noun. Scissors for cutting hair or finger nails (often used in the plural).
Generic synonyms: Pair Of Scissors, Scissors
Derivative terms: Clip

Definition of Clipper

1. n. One who clips; specifically, one who clips off the edges of coin.

Definition of Clipper

1. Noun. Anything that clips. ¹

2. Noun. (chiefly in the plural) A tool used for clipping something, such as hair, coins, or fingernails. ¹

3. Noun. Something that moves swiftly; especially: ¹

4. Noun. (electronics) A circuit which prevents the amplitude of a wave from exceeding a set value. ¹

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Definition of Clipper

1. one that clips [n -S] - See also: clips

Lexicographical Neighbors of Clipper

clipped speech
clipper (current term)
clipper ship
clique number

Literary usage of Clipper

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactionsby Michigan Dental Association, Making of America Project, University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service by Michigan Dental Association, Making of America Project, University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service (1882)
"FOIL clipper. PATENTED FEBRUARY 1, 1881. This clipper is designed for cutting ropes of gold foil into small pieces or cylinders, and is the only ..."

2. The Memorial History of the City of New-York: From Its First Settlement to by James Grant Wilson (1893)
"THE clipper SHIP DREADNAUGHT. 1 The Sword-Fish made the voyage from Shanghai to San Francisco in thirty-one days, at the average rate of 240 miles a day — a ..."

3. The Economic History of the United States by Ernest Ludlow Bogart (1912)
"The clipper was built with sharp lines to give it the maximum speed, and with a long, overhanging prow, from which the vessel gained its name. ..."

4. Marine Insurance: Its Principles and Practice by William D. Winter (1919)
"The clipper Ship and Insurance Frauds.—The merchant marine had been gradually ... Models were improved as time went on and finally the clipper ship, ..."

5. The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors by Ralph Delahaye Paine (1919)
"In this type of vessel the shipyards of Chesapeake Bay excelled and their handiwork was known as the "Baltimore clipper," the name suggested by the old ..."

6. Principles of Ocean Transportation by Emory Richard Johnson, Grover Gerhardt Huebner (1918)
"covered gold fields of California put a premium on speed, and clipper ships were ... The largest clipper ship ever constructed was the Great Republic (see ..."

7. The Law Reports by Great Britain Court of Chancery, George Wirgman Hemming (1870)
"... 4tn clause of the deed of settlement, had power to borrow money for the general purposes of the society: Australian Auxiliary Steam clipper Company v. ..."

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