Definition of Ripper

1. Noun. A murderer who slashes the victims with a knife. "Jack the Ripper was probably a madman"

Generic synonyms: Liquidator, Manslayer, Murderer

Definition of Ripper

1. n. One who, or that which, rips; a ripping tool.

Definition of Ripper

1. Noun. Something that rips (something). ¹

2. Noun. Someone who rips (something). ¹

3. Noun. A legislative bill or act that transfers powers of appointment from the usual holders to a chief executive or a board of officials. ¹

4. Noun. A murderer who kills and often mutilates victims with a blade or similar sharp weapon. ¹

5. Noun. (context: mining) A hook-like tool used to tear away ore, rock, etc. ¹

6. Noun. (British slang) Something that is an excellent example of its kind. ¹

7. Noun. (computing) Software that extracts content from files or storage media. ¹

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Definition of Ripper

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

Medical Definition of Ripper

1. One who brings fish from the seacoast to markets in inland towns. "But what's the action we are for now ? Robbing a ripper of his fish." (Beau & Fl) Origin: Cf. Rip a basket, or Riparian. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ripper

ripper (current term)
ripping bar
ripping chisel
ripple effect
ripple mark
ripple voltage

Literary usage of Ripper

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

1. Days of My Years by Melville Leslie Macnaghten (1914)
"LAYING THE GHOST OF JACK THE ripper. " I'm not a butcher, I'm not a Yid, ... Jack the ripper." ANONYMOUS. THE above queer verse was one of the first ..."

2. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines: Containing a Clear Exposition by Andrew Ure (1844)
"... by a ripper upon id axle, actuated by a band from any first mover as usual, and the subordinate roller« « cylinders belonging to the carding engine, ..."

3. History of Pittsburgh and Environs, from Prehistoric Days to the Beginning by George Thornton Fleming (1922)
"the ripper had been turned on the rippers, and the beneficent ring purchased ... It is significant, however, that the opposition to the ripper law had been ..."

4. Report of the Annual Meeting (1887)
"By WILLIAM ripper. Attention has been frequently called of late to the importance of technical education, but hitherto with comparatively little ..."

5. Revised Record of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York by New York (State). Constitutional Convention (1916)
"... every time one or the other party gets in, you will be ripped out with ripper legislation again and again, and it will be done, too. ..."

6. The Mechanic's Companion, Or, The Elements and Practice of Carpentry by Peter Nicholson (1842)
"Saws are of several kinds, as the ripping saw, the half ripper, the hand saw, the panel saw, ... ripper ..."

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