Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Snip"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Snip \Snip\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snipped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Snipping}.] [D. snippen; akin to G. schnippen.]
To cut off the nip or neb of, or to cut off at once with
shears or scissors; to clip off suddenly; to nip; hence, to
break off; to snatch away.

Curbed and snipped in my younger years by fear of my
parents from those vicious excrescences to which that
age was subject. --Fuller.

The captain seldom ordered anything out of the ship's
stores . . . but I snipped some of it for my own share.
--De Foe.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Snip \Snip\, n.
1. A single cut, as with shears or scissors; a clip. --Shak.

2. A small shred; a bit cut off. --Wiseman.

3. A share; a snack. [Obs.] --L'Estrange

4. A tailor. [Slang] --Nares. C. Kingsley.

5. Small hand shears for cutting sheet metal.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a small piece of anything (especially a piece that has been
snipped off) [syn: {snippet}, {snipping}]
2: the act of clipping or snipping [syn: {clip}, {clipping}]
v 1: sever or remove by pinching or snipping; "nip off the
flowers" [syn: {nip}, {nip off}, {clip}, {snip off}]
2: cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of "dress the
plants in the garden" [syn: {clip}, {crop}, {trim}, {lop},
{dress}, {prune}, {cut back}]

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