In linguistics, a word formation process which consists of removing syllables from an existing word to leave a word with the same function and form class. Examples:
  • "Computer Science" goes to "comp sci"; both are nouns, both signify exactly the same content.
  • "taxicabriolet" goes to all three of "taxicab", "taxi", and "cab"; all four are nouns, signifying the exact same object.
  • "facsimilie" goes to "fax"; both signify the same process and object.

Note also that clipping often results in a more prevalent form of the word than the original, as in the last two examples.