chip

noun
\ ˈchip How to pronounce chip (audio) \
plural chips

Definition of chip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small usually thin and flat piece (as of wood or stone) cut, struck, or flaked off
b : a small piece of food: such as
(1) : a small, thin, crisp, usually salty piece of food typically prepared by frying, baking, or drying banana chips especially : potato chip — see also corn chip
(2) : french fry
(3) : a small often cone-shaped bit of food often used for baking chocolate chips
c : a small card displaying a paint color or a range of paint colors available for purchase fabric swatches and paint chips
2 : something small, worthless, or trivial
3a : one of the counters used as a token for money in poker and other games
b chips plural : money used especially in the phrase in the chips The beginning was always characterized by careless haste in the expectation of landing in the chips,…— William Kittredge
c : something valuable that can be used for advantage in negotiation or trade a bargaining chip
4 : a piece of dried dung usually used in combination cow chip
5 : a flaw left after a chip has been broken off
b : a small wafer of semiconductor material that forms the base for an integrated circuit
8 : microarray DNA chips
chip off the old block
: a child that resembles his or her parent
chip on one's shoulder
: a challenging or belligerent attitude

chip

verb
chipped; chipping

Definition of chip (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cut or hew with an edged tool
b(1) : to cut or break (a small piece) from something
(2) : to cut or break a fragment from chip a tooth
(3) : to cut into chips chip a tree stump
2 British : chaff, banter
3 : to hit (a return in tennis) with backspin

intransitive verb

1 : to break off in small pieces
2 : to play a chip shot

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Synonyms for chip

Synonyms: Noun

flake, sliver, spall, splint, splinter

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Examples of chip in a Sentence

Noun

The cup has a chip in it. wood chips were spread over the ground between the plants

Verb

I bit into something hard and chipped my tooth. He fell and chipped a bone in his knee. The paint had chipped off. He chipped away the ice from the car's windshield. The sculptor chipped away bits of stone. The golfer chipped the ball onto the green. She chipped the soccer ball over the goalie's head. He chipped a pass to his teammate. The golfer chipped onto the green.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jayden loves grits and mint pistachio and chocolate chip ice cream. BostonGlobe.com, "Jayden enjoys helping out others," 7 July 2019 Shih and another defendant, Kiet Ahn Mai, were found to have worked together to defraud an American semiconductor chip manufacturer. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Professor faces 219-year prison sentence for sending missile chip tech to China," 6 July 2019 There’s a little bit of a chip on his shoulder when things aren’t going his way. Alex Miller, ExpressNews.com, "Boerne native Blake Allemand continues major league quest with Missions," 6 July 2019 Samsung's profits have taken a beating over the past year, largely because of a slump in its memory chip business. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Samsung warns of profit slump as memory chips and smartphones struggle," 5 July 2019 Experts say the bill puts critics of China’s ruling Communist Party at risk of torture and unfair trials in the mainland and further chips away at Hong Kong’s judicial independence and civil liberties it was promised after its handover in 1997. Fox News, "China accuses UK of 'basking in the faded glory of British colonialism' after Hong Kong criticism," 4 July 2019 The bestseller is red raspberry with chocolate chips. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "The Big Chill: Here’s the scoop on some of the coolest ice cream," 3 July 2019 Tips and tricks for Forecastle Festival New this year are cashless wristbands with a unique coded identification chip embedded inside. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about the 2019 Forecastle Festival in Louisville," 3 July 2019 These small chips build up and result in a pile of coarse sawdust at the base of a tree. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Carpenter ants build nests in wet, rotting wood," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Porsha Williams, who was pregnant at the time, later revealed during the RHOA season 11 reunion that another person from production’s tooth was chipped during the altercation, and her belt was torn off. Essence, "Nene Leakes Denies Being Suspended From 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'," 26 June 2019 Hopefully much of the debris is being chipped or ground into mulch for reuse in landscaping and gardening. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Why did we lose so many trees during recent storms? Tree and soil health could be a reason," 25 June 2019 The paint was chipped with protest signs still plastered on the support beams. cleveland.com, "Gazebo where Tamir Rice was killed finds temporary home in Chicago," 23 June 2019 Unlike other trees and branches that can be made into chips for public use, Neargarder said the ash trees cannot be chipped and reused. Mary Mcintyre, Lake County News-Sun, "After beetle wiped out 20% of parkway trees in Winthrop Harbor, federal grant will help restock the village," 14 June 2019 The brick walls that line our runway were chipped with bullets. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," 2 May 2019 Year by year, month by month, the CCP has been chipping away at Hong Kong’s autonomy. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019 The Orioles chipped away at that three-run lead by loading the bases against Bassitt. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A’s complete sweep with ease," 19 June 2019 The Trump administration has also chipped away at other key components of the law to weaken it. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "How Trump is doing on his campaign promises as he launches his reelection bid," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of chip

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for chip

Noun

Middle English; akin to Old English -cippian

Verb

Middle English chippen, from Old English -cippian (as in forcippian to cut off); akin to Old English cipp beam, Old High German chipfa stave

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chip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small piece that has been broken off from something larger
: a place where a small piece of something has broken off
: a small piece of candy or chocolate used in baking

chip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chip (Entry 2 of 2)

: to break off a small piece from (something)
: to break or come off in small pieces
: to break off (something) especially with a tool

chip

noun
\ ˈchip How to pronounce chip (audio) \

Kids Definition of chip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small piece cut or broken off wood chips a chip of glass
2 : a thin crisp piece of food and especially potato tortilla chips
3 : a small bit of candy used in baking chocolate chips
4 : a flaw left after a small piece has been broken off There's a chip in the rim of that cup.
6 : a small slice of silicon containing a number of electronic circuits (as for a computer)

chip

verb
chipped; chipping

Kids Definition of chip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cut or break a small piece from I fell and chipped my tooth.
2 : to break off in small pieces We chipped the ice from the windshield.

chip

noun
\ ˈchip How to pronounce chip (audio) \

Medical Definition of chip

: microarray When exposed to a sample of unknown DNA, the probes on the chip bind to their complementary strands, thereby reading the sequences in the sample.— Jeff Wheelwright, Discover, April 2002

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