microchip

noun
mi·​cro·​chip | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌchip How to pronounce microchip (audio) \

Definition of microchip

Examples of microchip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

South Korea has been a marvel of economic progress over the past 50 years, transforming from one of the world’s poorest countries into an industrial powerhouse famous for its microchips and smartphones. Michael Schuman, New York Times, "Blocked in Business, South Korean Women Start Their Own," 30 Aug. 2019 Padilla said microchips had been implanted in the dogs to aid in identifying them and apprehending their abductors. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Burglars make off with three puppies in SF animal shelter break-in," 29 Aug. 2019 Modern computer technology allows for microchips to be imbedded into the fireworks shells so a signal can be sent to explode them with perfect timing. Jeff Suess, Cincinnati.com, "Blast from the past: The history of WEBN’s fireworks," 1 Sep. 2019 The microchip has 14,000 transistors, making it the largest of its kind to date. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Milestone Carbon-Nanotube Microchip Sends First Message: ‘Hello World!’," 30 Aug. 2019 This meant that American companies like Qualcomm and Intel would need special permission to sell Huawei the microchips and other specialized components that go into its products. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Huawei’s Sales Jump Despite Trump’s Blacklisting," 30 July 2019 Not having to invent the wheel, the microchip or the theory of continuous improvement is a distinct advantage over having to invent them. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "U.S. Can Destroy Huawei," 29 Jan. 2019 Employees are planted with chips: Wisconsin workers embedded with microchips4. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "iOS 13: 13 for how Apple's new software can breathe life into your aging iPhone," 3 Sep. 2019 Forshey told the outlet, adding that no microchip was found in the animal and that there did not appear to be other crocs nearby. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "7-Foot Crocodile Swims in Ohio Creek While Children Play: 'We Had No Idea What Awaited Us'," 15 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'microchip.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of microchip

1969, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about microchip

Statistics for microchip

Last Updated

11 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for microchip

The first known use of microchip was in 1969

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for microchip

microchip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of microchip

computers : a group of tiny electronic circuits that work together on a very small piece of hard material (such as silicon)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on microchip

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with microchip

Spanish Central: Translation of microchip

Nglish: Translation of microchip for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about microchip

Comments on microchip

What made you want to look up microchip? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tired or exhausted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!