[syn: clipper, clipper ship]
3. shears for cutting grass or shrubbery (often used in the plural);
4. scissors for cutting hair or finger nails (often used in the plural);
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Clipper \Clip"per\ (kl[i^]p"p[~e]r), n.
1. One who clips; specifically, one who clips off the edges
The value is pared off from it into the clipper's
2. A machine for clipping hair, esp. the hair of horses.
3. (Naut.) A vessel with a sharp bow, built with a fast hull
and tall sails, rigged for fast sailing, and used in trade
where the cargo capacity was less important than the
speed; -- called also clipper ship. --
Note: The name was first borne by "Baltimore clippers" famous
as privateers in the early wars of the United States.
4. (Electronics) a circuit that limits the amplitude of a
(a) a clipper ship built in the United States. See
(b) Joe DiMaggio; -- a nickname for the player who was a
prominent member of the New York Yankees baseball team
in the 1940's.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (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"
[syn: limiter, clipper]
2: a fast sailing ship used in former times [syn: clipper,
3: shears for cutting grass or shrubbery (often used in the
4: scissors for cutting hair or finger nails (often used in the
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
1. An integrated circuit which
implements the SkipJack algorithm. The Clipper is
manufactured by the US government to encrypt telephone data.
It has the added feature that it can be decrypted by the US
government, which has tried to make the chip compulsory in the
United States. Phil Zimmerman (inventor of PGP) remarked,
"This doesn't even pass the sniff test" (i.e. it stinks).
2. A compiled dBASE dialect from Nantucket Corp, LA.
Versions: Winter 85, Spring 86, Autumn 86, Summer 87, 4.5
(Japanese Kanji), 5.0. It uses the Xbase programming