One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A metal ring sprung into a slot or groove in a bar to hold something in place.
- ‘Phosphate and oil is the standard finish on most circlips, the remainder being self finish and oil.’
- ‘The proper way to install a circlip is to position one end of the clip in the groove.’
- ‘External circlips are sized relative to the recommended shaft size to which they are to be fitted.’
- ‘A range of circlips, springs and retaining rings in all sizes are available from stock.’
Early 20th century: blend of circle or circular and clip.
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