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: a small usually thin and flat piece (as of wood or stone) cut, struck, or flaked off
: a small piece of food: such as
: a small, thin, crisp, usually salty piece of food typically prepared by frying, baking, or drying
especially : potato chip see also corn chip
: a small often cone-shaped bit of food often used for baking
: a small card displaying a paint color or a range of paint colors available for purchase
fabric swatches and paint chips
: something small, worthless, or trivial
: one of the counters used as a token for money in poker and other games
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
: something valuable that can be used for advantage in negotiation or trade
a bargaining chip
: a piece of dried dung —usually used in combination
: a flaw left after a chip has been broken off
: a small wafer of semiconductor material that forms the base for an integrated circuit
: to cut or hew with an edged tool
: to cut or break (a small piece) from something
: to cut or break a fragment from
chip a tooth
: to cut into chips
chip a tree stump
: to hit (a return in tennis) with backspin
: to break off in small pieces
: to play a chip shot
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. See More
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NounGetting a gel manicure can deliver a chip-free set that lasts up to two weeks or more. —Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 10 Mar. 2023 The SoC is a MediaTek Helio G88—a 12 nm chip with two Cortex-A75 CPUs, six Cortex-A55 CPUs, and an ARM Mali-G52 GPU. —Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 9 Mar. 2023 Reuters reported that Tokyo is expected to issue an update on its policies on chip equipment exports as soon as this week. —Juliana Liu, CNN, 9 Mar. 2023 Under the hood lies a X3M chip, which is built using a dual-core BPU structure and can perform 5 trillion operations per second. —Prakhar Khanna, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 To accomplish that increase in chip capacity, the legislation will approve appropriations for R&D, incentivize manufacturing, and take steps to make the supply chain more secure. —IEEE Spectrum, 8 Mar. 2023 Meaning, a chip factory has a massive electric demand. —Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 8 Mar. 2023 Qualcomm shaved 79 jobs from its San Diego headquarters last month as the mobile chip firm seeks to control expenses amid a slowdown in smartphone sales. —San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2023 Apple is set to release a new iMac featuring an M3 chip, likely in the second half of 2023, Bloomberg reports. —Marco Marcelline, PCMAG, 5 Mar. 2023
VerbBut on the whole, Democratic leaders have mostly not promoted ideas or enforced policies around COVID that actively chip away at life expectancy. —Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2022 Perine will try to chip before Garrett gets into his route. —Lance Reisland, cleveland, 11 Dec. 2022 Conen is one of four reserve judges helping staff an extra branch of the Milwaukee Circuit Court to try to chip away at a massive backlog of cases resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. —Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2022 The Mets tried to chip away, but Smyly and the bullpen kept them in check most of the night. —Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 Don't jam your shoulder trying to chip away at those pesky, rock-solid ice chunks. —Emily Rochotte, Popular Mechanics, 8 Feb. 2023 The Bengals know Garrett is a problem, but Cincinnati and coach Zac Taylor have done little to try and neutralize him, oftentimes opting not to double team or chip him. —Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2022 In Texas, some lawmakers are exploring new ways to chip away at Texans' remaining sliver of access to abortions. —Julie Rovner, CBS News, 23 Jan. 2023 Thankfully, a high-pressure system will begin to chip away at the Bay Area’s cold air this evening. —Gerry Díaz, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Jan. 2023 See More
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