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

Various technologies have been demonstrated that have speed approaching that of current RAM chips but can hold on to the memory when the power shuts off—all without the long-term degradation that flash experiences. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 The way in which Quonset huts also filled with men, just men who didn’t speak English, were dipping those different kinds of chips into big, boiling vats of material, without the rest of Silicon Valley couldn’t happen. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 The same tactics that have convinced your boss to bump you salary up another $10,000 can be used to chip $100 off of a Wi-Fi bill or a credit card fee. Glamour, "Those Negotiation Skills That Scored You a Raise? Here's How Else You Can Put Them to Work," 24 Apr. 2019 The pot looks suspiciously like Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast, and one of the teacups even appears to have a small chip. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019 Green juice, fish tacos, chicken adobo, cioppino, and kale chips. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "20 Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry," 15 Apr. 2019 Then came a chip-in for birdie on No. 5 to get a little momentum. David Brandt, The Seattle Times, "Charles Howell III making the most of his Masters return," 12 Apr. 2019 The result is a tiny timekeeping chip that uses substantially less power than a standard atomic clock. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A New Way To Build Atomic Clocks Could Make GPS Even Better," 12 Mar. 2019 My obsession with wealthy-looking hair, albeit incited by a childhood chip on my shoulder, has taught me important lessons about wealth, privilege, and arbitrary beauty standards. Veronica Walsingham, SELF, "Growing Up With Less Money Than My Friends Made Me Obsessed With Having Wealthy-Looking Hair," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spider-Verse could chip away at those follies even further. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the box office with a $35 million opening weekend," 17 Dec. 2018 The Sixers chipped away at the margin throughout the third quarter, eventually leading multiple times in the fourth quarter. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Celtics knock out 76ers, will meet Cavs in Eastern Conference finals for second straight year," 9 May 2018 DeBrincat wanted to chip the puck over to Patrick Kane on the rush, but Martinez’s attempt at a breakup sent the puck right back to DeBrincat at the near post for his 41st goal of the season. Dan Greenspan, The Seattle Times, "Kings beat Blackhawks 3-2 on Doughty’s power-play goal in OT," 31 Mar. 2019 In the first minute of injury time, Fabregas cleverly chipped the ball over the Marseille defense, only for Tielemans to drag his shot wide. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Fabregas almost creates winner as Monaco draws at Marseille," 13 Jan. 2019 Since efforts in Congress to repeal Obama's signature health care law failed, the Trump administration to pursue administrative changes to chip away at the 2010 law. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Trump administration slashes funding for Obamacare outreach program," 10 July 2018 One of the first measures to chip away at the immunity, the bill is supported by Facebook and Internet Association trade group, which also counts Alphabet Inc. Ben Brody, Bloomberg.com, "Online Sex Trafficking Measure Clears Congress, Goes to Trump," 21 Mar. 2018 There are lots of places to chip away at Dodd-Frank, until the changes add up to systemic risk. Kimberly Harrington, The New Yorker, "The Dangers of Undoing Dodd-Frank," 24 July 2017 Wikipedia community members have been slowly chipping away at the problem too, restoring 3 million links on their own accord, bringing the tally to a cool 9 million. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Millions of Old, Broken Wikipedia Links Have Been Brought Back to Life," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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