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3 definitions found
 for Clipper
From 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
        of coins.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The value is pared off from it into the clipper's
              pocket.                               --Locke.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A machine for clipping hair, esp. the hair of horses.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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. --
        Clip"per-built`, a.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The name was first borne by "Baltimore clippers" famous
           as privateers in the early wars of the United States.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     4. (Electronics) a circuit that limits the amplitude of a
        waveform.
  
     Syn: limiter.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     Yankee Clipper,
        (a) a clipper ship built in the United States. See
            clipper[3].
        (b) Joe DiMaggio; -- a nickname for the player who was a
            prominent member of the New York Yankees baseball team
            in the 1940's.
            [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  clipper
      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,
         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)

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Clipper
  
     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).
  
     http://wired.com/clipper/)">(http://wired.com/clipper/).
  
     news:alt.privacy.clipper
  
     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
     language.
  
     (2004-09-01)
  

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