chip

1 of 2

noun

plural chips
1
a
: 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)
(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
3
a
: 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
6
b
: a small wafer of semiconductor material that forms the base for an integrated circuit
7
8
: microarray
DNA chips

chip

2 of 2

verb

chipped; chipping

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
Phrases
chip off the old block
: a child that resembles his or her parent
chip on one's shoulder
: a challenging or belligerent attitude

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Get The Recipe 12 of 25 Air Fryer Zucchini Chips Crispy zucchini chips make a wonderful fry or potato chip substitute alongside burgers and hot dogs in the summer. Alana Al-Hatlani, Southern Living, 5 July 2024 There were fruit trays everywhere, lots of chips, lots of fun snacks. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 4 July 2024
Verb
From there, Vargas chipped a cross to the back post, where Agada had an easy header into an empty net. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 8 July 2024 On a recent blistering weekday afternoon, a construction crew chipped away at what will become NORA, a mixed-use destination district in West Palm Beach. Abigail Hasebroock, Sun Sentinel, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for chip 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of chip was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near chip

Cite this Entry

“Chip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chip. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

chip

1 of 2 noun
1
: a small thin flat piece (as of wood, stone, or glass) broken off : flake
2
: a small piece of food
chocolate chip
: as
b
: french fry entry 1
fish and chips
3
a
: a counter used in poker
b
plural : money sense 1c
in the chips
4
: a flaw left after a small piece has been broken off
a cup with a chip in it
5
: a very small slice of silicon containing electronic circuits (as for a computer)

chip

2 of 2 verb
chipped; chipping
1
: to cut or break a chip from something
chip a cup
2
: to break off in small pieces

Medical Definition

chip

noun
: 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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