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A fastening device consisting of parallel rows of metal or plastic teeth on adjacent edges of an opening that are interlocked by a sliding tab.
tr. & intr.v. zip·pered, zip·per·ing, zip·pers
To fasten or unfasten or become fastened or unfastened with a zipper; zip.
[Originally a trademark.]
Word History: Registered in 1925, zipper was originally a B.F. Goodrich trademark for overshoes with fasteners. A Goodrich executive is said to have slid the fastener up and down on the boot and exclaimed, "Zip 'er up," echoing the sound made by this clever device. Zip already existed as both a noun and verb referring to a light sharp sound or to motion accompanied by that kind of sound (zip was first recorded as a noun in 1875; as a verb, in 1852). Both words were imitations of the sound made by a rapidly moving object. As the fastener that "zipped" came to be used in other articles, its name was used as well. B.F. Goodrich sued to protect its trademark but was allowed to retain proprietary rights only over Zipper Boots. Zipper itself had moved into the world of common nouns.
(Knitting & Sewing) US and Canadian a fastening device operating by means of two parallel rows of metal or plastic teeth on either side of a closure that are interlocked by a sliding tab. Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): zip
1. Also called slide fastener. a device for fastening clothing, luggage, etc., consisting of two parallel tracks of teeth or coils that can be interlocked or separated by the pulling of a slide between them.
2. a large illuminated display of news bulletins or advertisements that rapidly and continously flash by on an upper part of a building.
3. a person or thing that zips.v.t., v.i.
4. zip 2.
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|Noun||1.||zipper - a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tab|
cardigan - knitted jacket that is fastened up the front with buttons or a zipper
fastening, holdfast, fastener, fixing - restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
skirt - a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
|Verb||1.||zipper - close with a zipper; "Zip up your jacket--it's cold"|
n (US) → Reißverschluss m