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The Collaborative Dictionary

Zip \Zip\ (z[i^]p), n. [Imitative.]
A hissing or sibilant sound such as that made by a flying bullet. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
a quantity of no importance. [informal] Syn: nothing, nihil, nichts, nix, nada, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, nil, zero, zilch. [WordNet 1.5]
a device for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab. Syn: slide fastener, zipper, zip-fastener. [WordNet 1.5]
Zip \Zip\, v. i. To make, or move with, a sound like a zip[1]. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Word Net

zip

Noun

1 a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it" [syn: nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch]
2 a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab [syn: slide fastener, zipper, zip-fastener]

Verb

1 close with a zipper; "Zip up your jacket--it's cold" [syn: zip up, zipper] [ant: unzip]
2 move very fast; "The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed" [syn: travel rapidly, speed, hurry] [also: zipping, zipped]

Acronyms

ZIP Zigzag Inline Package (VRAM)
ZIP Zone Information Protocol (AppleTalk)
see ZIP

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Onomatopoeic.

Noun

  1. The high-pitched sound of a small object moving rapidly through air.
  2. Energy; vigor; vim
  3. A zip fastener.

Synonyms

Translations

high-pitched sound
  • Finnish: vinkuna, viuhina (continuous), vingahdus, viuhahdus (individual)
energy, vigor, vim
  • Finnish: puhti, virta
zip fastener
  • Finnish: vetoketju
  • German: Reisverschluss

Interjection

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  1. The high-pitched sound of a small object moving rapidly through air.

Synonyms

Translations

high-pitched sound (interjection)
  • Finnish: viuh

Verb

  1. To close with a zip fastener.
  2. transitive figuratively To close as if with a zip fastener.
    zip one's lip
  3. To convert a computer file into a smaller package.
  4. (followed by a preposition) To move rapidly (in a specified direction or to a specified place) with a high-pitched sound.
    The bullet zipped through the air.
  5. intransitive colloquial (followed by a preposition) To move in haste (in a specified direction or to a specified place).
    Zip down to the shops for some milk.

Translations

to close with a zip fastener
to convert a computer file into a smaller package
  • Finnish: pakata

Etymology 2

From zip code

Noun

  1. Shortened form of ZIP code, the US postal code.
  2. Any postal code, for any country.

See also

Translations

US postal code
  • Finnish: postinumero
  • German: PLZ, Postleitzahl
any postal code
  • Finnish: postinumero
  • German: PLZ, Postleitzahl
zip or ZIP may refer to:
  • Zipper, a device used for temporarily joining two edges of fabric.
  • ZIP (file format), a file format for lossless data compression.
  • ZIP code, the system of postal codes used in the United States.
zip in German: ZIP
zip in Spanish: ZIP
zip in Esperanto: ZIP
zip in French: Zip
zip in Korean: Zip
zip in Indonesian: ZIP
zip in Italian: ZIP
zip in Hebrew: ZIP
zip in Dutch: ZIP
zip in Japanese: ZIP
zip in Slovenian: ZIP
zip in Chinese: ZIP
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