\ 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

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Synonyms for chip

Synonyms: Noun

flake, sliver, spall, splint, splinter

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Examples of chip in a Sentence


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


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

Earlier this month, German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG struck a $9.4 billion deal to acquire the U.S.’s Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Citigroup has been in the second tier of global investment banks in recent years. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Citigroup Beefs Up Investment Banking Ranks," 21 June 2019 Left wing Nikolaj Ehlers, Jets: With Trouba traded and Tyler Myers possibly leaving through free agency, the Jets are willing to part with Ehlers to land a blue-chip defenseman. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL draft 2019: Live updates, analysis of news, rumors from first round," 21 June 2019 As a result, programs never stop recruiting quarterbacks, bringing blue-chip talent in behind entrenched starters to be developed for future seasons. Scooby Axson,, "Eight Teams With the Closest Thing to Quarterback Depth in the Transfer Portal Era," 21 June 2019 The Dow rose 131 points, or 0.5%, to 26,884 in morning trade, topping the blue-chip index's previous record close of 26,828 on October 3, 2018, before later retreating beneath that level. Alain Sherter, CBS News, "Dow joins S&P 500 in notching new all-time high," 21 June 2019 If those plans fail to materialize, Little is a former blue-chip prep prospect with clear upside and local ties. Ben Golliver,, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 If those plans fail to materialize, Little is a former blue-chip prep prospect with clear upside and local ties. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 Graphics chip maker Nvidia is best known for consumer computing, vying with AMD's Radeon line for framerates and eye candy. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Nvidia pushes ARM supercomputing," 17 June 2019 Part hotel, part members club, part blue-chip bar, Soho House is such a go-to hangout for celebrity creatives that the establishment bans photography in its locations to protect privacy. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Get the Look of Celeb-Fave Hotspot Soho House with its New Home Line," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This episode, yet another piece of her old life is chipped away. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Handmaid's Tale," 7 June 2019 Block heels have been chipped away into irregular shapes for a more sculptural look in wood, metal, or even gems, like Jacquemus’s highly decorated heels. Vogue, "Street Spotting: Shop 5 of Spring’s Most Covetable Shoe Trends," 19 Mar. 2019 Ever Banega's sumptuous pass was chipped into his path. Thomas Allnutt,, "Messi delivers as Argentina scrape through to World Cup's last 16," 26 June 2018 Kieran Trippier's short free kick was chipped into the box by Jordan Henderson and headed across goal by Kane., "England 6-1 Panama: Three Lions Roar With Biggest Ever World Cup Win to Book Last 16 Spot," 24 June 2018 He was taken to a local shelter, where his owner was able to pick him up since Gold was chipped, so all's well that ends well. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Texas police get call for vicious pit bull, find the friendliest dog ever instead," 2 May 2018 He was chipped, which made getting in touch with the owner a little easier for authorities. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Texas police got a call about a 'vicious' pit bull — then they got to know him | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018 Long before Easter and Fiesta come around, eggshells have to be carefully chipped opened, washed and stored. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Cascarón a symbol of ritual, renewal," 20 Apr. 2018 And while this will undoubtedly lead to a chipping away, if not complete reversal, of Roe v. Wade, our rights are already under siege thanks to state legislatures., "How You Can Help Keep Abortion Safe & Legal In Light Of Justice Kennedy Retiring," 28 June 2018

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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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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



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


\ 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)


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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, April 2002

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