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clipping

Electronics the distortion of an audio or visual signal in which the tops of peaks with a high amplitude are cut off, caused by, for example, overloading of amplifier circuits

clipping

[′klip·iŋ]
(communications)
The perceptible mutilation of signals or speech syllables during transmission, often due to limiting.
(computer science)
(electronics)

clipping

(1) Cutting off the outer edges or boundaries of a word, signal or image. In rendering an image, clipping removes any objects or portions thereof that are not visible on screen. See scissoring. See also WCA.

(2) A square ("clipped") waveform that occurs when the power output of an amplifier cannot meet the power requirement of the speaker it is driving. Clipping can be very harmful to high-frequency speakers (tweeters).