\ 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
(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 chipsThe 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 combinationcow 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

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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 Dice will be disinfected between shooters, chips cleaned periodically and card decks changed frequently. Fox News, "Las Vegas to reopen casinos -- with restrictions," 25 May 2020 So on May 15th the Trump administration extended its restrictions from chips to the tools used to make them—many of which come from America. The Economist, "Immaculate misconceptions America’s latest salvo against Huawei is aimed at chipmaking in China," 23 May 2020 This is a special priority after the Trump administration ramped up efforts to stop Chinese firms such as Huawei—the world’s top telecoms equipment supplier—from using American components, particularly semi-conductor chips. Time, "'This Is a Price We Must Pay.' China Ditches a 2020 Growth Target in a Worrying Sign for the Global Economy," 22 May 2020 Aaron delved into the incredible career of chip designer Jim Keller, whose work is inside everything from iPhones to Xboxes to Teslas. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Facebook reveals its new normal," 22 May 2020 The base was surrounded by fresh vegetables, fried chicken wings and homemade chips. Dallas News, "Cool Ranch: Recipes for waffles, braised chicken, latkes and Bloody Marys with a tangy twist," 22 May 2020 All these side-project chips could be leading to something bigger, though. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai defends Pixel team, says “hardware is hard”," 20 May 2020 The airline is phasing service back in, starting with cans of water and a snack package that includes pretzels, cheddar cheese squares and ranch bagel chips on flights of more than 250 miles, Southwest spokesman Brian Parrish said. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Water and snacks are coming back at Southwest Airlines, but no booze for now," 20 May 2020 As each task is completed, reward yourself with virtual brownie points (not chips or cookies!), then go on to the next one. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "How to Maintain Motivation in a Pandemic," 18 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Los Angeles, Jim Bonem, 61, has been driving himself to the dentist since chipping a tooth while eating popcorn about month ago. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Next COVID-19 challenge? Reopening America's dentist offices," 22 May 2020 The owner must then pay $50 public safety fine and have the dog neutered or spayed and micro-chipped. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "An Illinois woman was mauled to death by pet French bulldog, officials say," 14 May 2020 Sam Rayburn found itself 23 points back of the Mustangs after the opening three scoring runners before its fourth and fifth runners chipped 12 points off that deficit to create the final difference. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Coslor likes Sam Rayburn’s potential for cross country success," 4 May 2020 The lone setback slid in front of Rodgers and chipped future Packer Julius Peppers just enough to give Rodgers an escape route. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Randall Cobb is wide open for thrilling 2013 finish," 2 May 2020 Then make a circular groove along both faces, near the dull edge, by chipping at it with another stone. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "How to Make Primitive Survival Weapons in the Bush," 24 Apr. 2020 WeChat has been chipping away at Alipay’s market share, partly due to the advent of mini programs. Lulu Yilun Chen,, "Billionaire Jack Ma Steps Up Battle With WeChat to Win Merchants," 5 May 2020 As concerns grow that Poland is using the pandemic to chip away at democracy, women are finding creative ways to protest on the streets and online. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, April 22," 22 Apr. 2020 If this season ever gets underway, Andrus is going to continue to chip away at Michael Young’s franchise record for games played and hits. Dallas News, "Meat with the Press: Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus dishes on food, life and baseball with Evan Grant," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Chip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce chip (audio)

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


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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.


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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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