Hypertext Webster Gateway: "clipping"

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

Clip \Clip\ (kl[i^]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clipped} (kl[i^]pt);
p. pr. & vb. n. {Clipping}.] [OE. cluppen, clippen, to
embrace, AS. clyran to embrace, clasp; cf. OHG. kluft tongs,
shears, Icel, kl[=y]pa to pinch, squeeze, also OE. clippen to
cut, shear, Dan. klippe to clip, cut, SW. & Icel. klippa.]
1. To embrace, hence; to encompass.

O . . . that Neptune's arms, who clippeth thee
about, Would bear thee from the knowledge of
thyself. --Shak.

2. To cut off; as with shears or scissors; as, to clip the
hair; to clip coin.

Sentenced to have his ears clipped. --Macaulay.

3. To curtail; to cut short.

All my reports go with the modest truth; No more nor
clipped, but so. --Shak.

In London they clip their words after one manner
about the court, another in the city, and a third in
the suburbs. --Swift.

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

Clipping \Clip"ping\, n.
1. The act of embracing. [Obs.]

2. The act of cutting off, curtailing, or diminishing; the
practice of clipping the edges of coins.

clipping by Englishmen is robbing the honest man who
receives clipped money. --Locke.

3. That which is clipped off or out of something; a piece
separated by clipping; as, newspaper clippings.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine; "he searched
through piles of letters and clippings" [syn: {newspaper
clipping}, {press clipping}, {cutting}, {press cutting}]
2: cutting down to the desired size or shape [syn: {trim}, {trimming}]
3: the act of clipping or snipping [syn: {clip}, {snip}]

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