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  1. present participle of clip


clipping (countable and uncountable, plural clippings)

  1. (countable) A piece of something removed by clipping.
    a clipping of hair
    grass clippings
  2. (countable) An article clipped from a newspaper.
  3. (countable, linguistics) A short form (of a word) created by removing syllables.
    The word "ad" is a clipping of "advertisement".
  4. (uncountable, signal processing) The process of cutting off a signal level that rises above a certain maximum level.
  5. (uncountable, computer graphics) The use of a mask to hide part of an object or image.
  6. (uncountable, American football, Canadian football) Falling, rolling, or throwing one's body on the back of an opponent's legs after approaching from behind.


  • (piece of something removed by clipping): offcut, snippet
  • (article clipped from a newspaper): cutting, newspaper clipping, newspaper cutting
  • (word formed by shortening another): short form


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