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zip·per

 (zĭp′ər)
n.
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.

zipper

(ˈzɪpə)
n
(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

zip•per

(ˈzɪp ər)
n.
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.
[1920–25, Amer.; formerly a trademark; see zip1, -er1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zipper - a fastener for locking together two toothed edges by means of a sliding tabzipper - 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
dress, frock - a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
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
trouser, pant - (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately; "he had a sharp crease in his trousers"
Verb1.zipper - close with a zipperzipper - close with a zipper; "Zip up your jacket--it's cold"
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
Translations
zip
lynlås
vetoketju
patentni zatvarač
ファスナー
지퍼
zadrga
blixtlås
ซิป
phéc-mơ-tuya

zipper

[ˈzɪpər] n (mainly US)fermeture f Éclair®, fermeture f à glissière

zipper

n (US) → Reißverschluss m

zipper

زِمَامٌ مُنْزَلِق zip lynlås Reißverschluss φερμουάρ cremallera vetoketju fermeture éclair patentni zatvarač cerniera lampo ファスナー 지퍼 rits glidelås zamek fecho de correr, zíper застежка-молния blixtlås ซิป fermuar phéc-mơ-tuya 拉链

zipper

n cierre m, cremallera (esp. Esp)
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