\ 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


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

Synonyms for chip

Synonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The meal will consist of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls and butter, beverages and homemade chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream. Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 The Australian took the lead with a chip-in on the par-4 15th hole. Ben Nuckol, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 The robot is equipped with LIDAR, or light detection and ranging, and a 360-degree camera that can detect penguins on vast terrains and uses an antenna to activate and read each penguin's chip. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 If that's not impressive enough, Samsung plans to offer up to 1TB of storage in a chip that measures just 11-by-13-by-1mm. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 4 May 2022 The best conversations often happen over scoops of Rocky Road or mint-chocolate chip. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 4 May 2022 Apparently, the Apple Watch SE will feature the same dual-core S7 SiP chip that powers the current Series 7. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 May 2022 In the Democratic Republic of Congo, children chip at the ground for cobalt. Shel Evergreen, Ars Technica, 2 May 2022 Participants receive a chip-timed race bib, finisher medal, sport-tek event shirt, awards in different categories, and a box of Thin Mint Cookies. Cindy Kent, Sun Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All that is to say, the Black Sea Fleet is getting smaller and less effective by the week as Ukraine’s forces chip away at it. David Axe, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Deep-pocketed rivals such as Apple, Walt Disney and HBO have begun to chip away at Netflix’s dominance with their own streaming services. Michael Liedtke And Mae Anderson, Chron, 23 Apr. 2022 Consumer spending is by far the biggest contributor to the U.S. economy, and economists are keenly looking for any signs that higher prices are starting to chip away at demand. Molly Smith,, 20 Apr. 2022 Houston was Marshall’s mentor and key architect of the strategy to chip away at legalized segregation in the run-up to Brown. Melanie Masonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 The pause in payments, which has been extended five times since the beginning of the pandemic, has enabled many to chip away at large student loan debts, pay rent or pay medical bills. Seamus Mcavoy,, 9 Mar. 2022 Use your backup pair of cuticle nippers to chip away at the crystals or other accents before the next step: soaking the nails. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 11 Feb. 2022 But this experience and others like it chip away at the soul of health care workers, and there are no ready repairs. Jay Baruch, STAT, 8 Feb. 2022 This could further chip away at Hong Kong’s viability as an international city. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chip


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


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

History and Etymology for chip


Middle English; akin to Old English -cippian


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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\ 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)


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.


\ 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

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