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chip

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noun \ˈchip\

Definition of chip

  1. 1a :  a small usually thin and flat piece (as of wood or stone) cut, struck, or flaked offb :  a small piece of food: such as (1) :  a small thin slice of food; especially :  potato chip (2) :  french fry (3) :  a small often cone-shaped bit of food often used for baking chocolate chips

  2. 2 :  something small, worthless, or trivial

  3. 3a :  one of the counters used as a token for money in poker and other gamesb chips plural :  money —used especially in the phrase in the chipsc :  something valuable that can be used for advantage in negotiation or trade a bargaining chip

  4. 4 :  a piece of dried dung —usually used in combination cow chip

  5. 5 :  a flaw left after a chip has been broken off

  6. 6a :  integrated circuitb :  a small wafer of semiconductor material that forms the base for an integrated circuit

  7. 7 :  chip shot 1

  8. 8 :  microarray DNA chips

chip off the old block

  1. :  a child that resembles his or her parent

chip on one's shoulder

  1. :  a challenging or belligerent attitude

Examples of chip in a Sentence

  1. The cup has a chip in it.

  2. wood chips were spread over the ground between the plants

Origin and Etymology of chip

Middle English; akin to Old English -cippian


First Known Use: 14th century


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chip

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Definition of chip

chipped

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chipping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cut or hew with an edged toolb (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

  3. 2 British :  chaff, banter

  4. 3 :  to hit (a return in tennis) with backspin

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to break off in small pieces

  7. 2 :  to play a chip shot

Examples of chip in a Sentence

  1. I bit into something hard and chipped my tooth.

  2. He fell and chipped a bone in his knee.

  3. The paint had chipped off.

  4. He chipped away the ice from the car's windshield.

  5. The sculptor chipped away bits of stone.

  6. The golfer chipped the ball onto the green.

  7. She chipped the soccer ball over the goalie's head.

  8. He chipped a pass to his teammate.

  9. The golfer chipped onto the green.

Origin and Etymology of chip

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


First Known Use: 15th century



CHIP Defined for English Language Learners

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chip

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noun \ˈchip\

Definition of chip for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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chip

verb

Definition of chip for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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chip

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noun \ˈchip\

Definition of chip for Students

  1. 1 :  a small piece cut or broken off wood chips a chip of glass

  2. 2 :  a thin crisp piece of food and especially potato tortilla chips

  3. 3 :  a small bit of candy used in baking chocolate chips

  4. 4 :  a flaw left after a small piece has been broken off There's a chip in the rim of that cup.

  5. 5 :  integrated circuit

  6. 6 :  a small slice of silicon containing a number of electronic circuits (as for a computer)


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verb

Definition of chip for Students

chipped

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chipping

  1. 1 :  to cut or break a small piece from I fell and chipped my tooth.

  2. 2 :  to break off in small pieces We chipped the ice from the windshield.


Medical Dictionary

chip

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noun \ˈchip\

Medical Definition of chip

  1. :  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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