A wooden clipboard

A clipboard is a thin, rigid board with a clip at the top for holding paper in place. A clipboard is typically used to support paper with one hand while writing on it with the other, especially when other writing surfaces are not available.

Other uses

Another use that was typical before the era of personal computers (which brought about word processing and computer graphics) was to hold pieces of text and art that had been clipped with scissors from one sheet of paper to be pasted with paste onto another sheet. This use provided the analogy and terminology for computer clipboards.

Police clipboards

A police clipboard

Many police officers carry clipboards. Police clipboards are designed for constant use, and have one or two compartments designed for filing documents and reports while in police transit.

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  • Clipboard — Clipboard …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

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  • clipboard — n. a small writing board with a clip attached at the top for holding papers. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clipboard — 1907, from CLIP (Cf. clip) (2) + BOARD (Cf. board) (n.1). Portable board with a hinged clip at the top to hold papers …   Etymology dictionary

  • clipboard — (izg. klìpbōrd) m DEFINICIJA inform. dio memorije predviđen za privremeno spremanje podataka i njihov transfer među raznim programima ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • clipboard — ► NOUN ▪ a small board with a spring clip at the top, used for holding papers and providing support for writing …   English terms dictionary

  • clipboard — ☆ clipboard [klip′bôrd΄ ] n. a portable writing board with a hinged clip at the top to hold papers …   English World dictionary

  • Clipboard — Clịp|board 〈[ bɔ:d] n. 15〉 1. Klemmbrett für Notizblätter 2. Gestell mit plakatgroßen Blättern für Besprechungen u. Konferenzen ● Pläne mit Filzstift auf ein Clipboard zeichnen [<engl. clip „Klammer“ + board „Brett“] * * * Clipboard   [engl.] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • clipboard — [[t]klɪ̱pbɔː(r)d[/t]] clipboards 1) N COUNT A clipboard is a board with a clip at the top. It is used to hold together pieces of paper that you need to carry around, and provides a firm base for writing. 2) N COUNT In computing, a clipboard is a… …   English dictionary

  • clipboard — UK [ˈklɪpˌbɔː(r)d] / US [ˈklɪpˌbɔrd] noun [countable] Word forms clipboard : singular clipboard plural clipboards 1) a small board that you can attach papers to, so that you can write on them easily while you are moving around 2) computing the… …   English dictionary

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