- The definition of a chip is a thin piece of something broken off, or a place where something has been broken off, or slice or small piece of food.
- An example of a chip is a small missing piece of tooth.
- An example of a chip is a tiny piece of chocolate that goes in cookies.
- Chip is defined as to break off a small piece or cut into small pieces.
An example of chip is for a piece of china to break off of a china bowl.
transitive verbchipped, chipping
- Rare to cut or chop with an ax or other sharp tool
- to break or cut a small piece or thin slice from
- to break or cut off (a small piece or pieces)
- to shape by cutting or chopping: to chip a hole in the ice
- Tennis to hit (a ball) in a short, soft shot with backspin
Origin of chipMiddle English chippen ; from Old English an unverified form cippian ; from cipp, log, plowshare ; from Classical Latin cippus, post, stake ; from Indo-European base an unverified form eipo-, sharp post
- to break off in small pieces: this paint chips easily
- to lose or be inherently subject to losing a small part or parts of itself: the plate will chip easily
- Golf to make a chip shot
- Tennis to hit a short, soft shot with backspin
- a small, thin piece of wood, stone, etc., cut or broken off
- a place where a small piece has been chipped off: a chip on the edge of a plate
- wood, palm leaf, or straw split and woven into bonnets, hats, etc.
- ☆ a fragment of dried animal dung, sometimes used for fuel
- ☆ a worthless thing
- one of the small, round disks or counters used in poker and other gambling games as a token for money
- a thin slice or small piece of food: a potato chip, a chocolate chip
- Chiefly Brit. French fried potatoes
- a semiconductor body in which an integrated circuit is formed or is to be formed
- integrated circuit
- Golf chip shot
- Tennis a shot that is chipped
Origin of chipME chippe < the v.
cash in one's chips☆
- to turn in one's chips for their equivalent in money
- Slang to die
chip in☆ Informal
- to share in giving money or help
- to add one's comments
chip off the old block
chip on one's shoulder☆
in the chips☆
let the chips fall where they may
when the chips are down☆
- A small broken or cut off piece, as of wood, stone, or glass.
- A crack or flaw caused by the removal of a small piece.
- a. A small disk or counter used in poker and other games to represent money.b. chips Slang Money.
- A small, thin piece of semiconductor bearing numerous circuits integrated into its substrate. A chip smaller than a fingernail can hold millions of circuits. Most of a computer's circuitry is built from chips mounted on circuit boards. Also called microchip.
- a. A thin, usually fried slice of food, especially a potato chip: ate chips with her sandwich.b. A very small piece of food or candy: made cookies with chocolate chips.c. chips Chiefly British French fries.
- Wood, palm leaves, straw, or similar material cut and dried for weaving.
- A fragment of dried animal dung used as fuel.
- Something worthless.
- Sports A chip shot.
verbchipped chipped, chip·ping, chips
- To chop or cut with an ax or other implement.
- a. To break a small piece from: chip a tooth.b. To break or cut off (a small piece): chip ice from the window.
- To shape or carve by cutting or chopping: chipped her name in the stone.
- To become broken off into small pieces.
- Sports To make a chip shot in golf.
Origin of chipMiddle English, from Old English cyp, beam, from Latin cippus.
intransitive verbchipped chipped, chip·ping, chips
Origin of chipImitative.
Origin of chipOrigin unknown.
- A small piece broken from a larger piece of solid material.
- A damaged area of a surface where a small piece has been broken off.
- This cup has a chip in it.
- (games, gambling) A token used in place of cash.
- (electronics) A circuit fabricated in one piece on a small, thin substrate.
- (electronics) A hybrid device mounted in a substrate, containing electronic circuitry and miniaturised mechanical, chemical and/or biochemical devices.
- (UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand) A fried strip of potato of square or rectangular cross-section; a french fry.
- Do you want sauce or mayonnaise on your chips?
- (US, New Zealand) A crisp, fried, thin slice of vegetable, usually potato.
- potato chip, tortilla chip
- (sports) A shot during which the ball travels more predominantly upwards than in a regular shot, as to clear an obstacle.
- (curling) A takeout that hits a rock at an angle.
- A dried piece of dung used as fuel.
- (New Zealand, northern) A receptacle, usually for strawberries or other fruit.
- (cooking) A small, near-conical piece of food added in baking.
- chocolate chip
- A small rectangle of colour printed on coated paper for colour selection and matching. A virtual equivalent in software applications.
(third-person singular simple present chips, present participle chipping, simple past and past participle chipped)
- To break into small pieces.
- The workers chipped the dead branches into mulch.
- To break small pieces from.
- Be careful not to chip the paint.
- (golf) To play a shot hitting the ball predominately upwards rather than forwards.
- (automotive) to upgrade an engine management system, usually to increase power.
- (intransitive) To become chipped.
- This varnish chips easily.
- (intransitive, card games, often with "in") To ante (up).
- (informal) To fit (an animal) with a microchip.
- (UK, often with "in") to contribute.
- Everyone needs to chip in £1 for George's leaving collection
Middle English chip from Old English ċipp "log, beam, small piece of wood" from Proto-Germanic *kip(p)az (“log, beam”). Akin to Old Saxon kip "post", Old High German kipfa, chipfa "axle, stave", Old Norse keppr "cudgel, club". Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian cifël (“chip, splinter”).
chip - Computer Definition
- In computer hardware, a miniaturized integrated electronic circuit etched on a tiny wafer of silicon. See also electronic, hardware, integrated circuit, and silicon.
- In spread spectrum (SS) radio, a random pseudonoise (PN) code symbol. A sequence of chips, each of which has a much shorter duration than an information bit, are used to modulate the bits. The IEEE 802.11b standard for wireless LANs (WLANs), for example specifies Barker code at transmission rates of 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps, and complementary code keying (CCK) at 5.5 Mbps and 11 Mbps. Both Barker code and CCK code data bits into chips to form symbols prior to transmission. See also Barker code, CCK, code, DSSS, FHSS, SS, and symbol.
(1) A bit in a spreading signal. See chip rate.
(2) (CHIP) (Children's Health Insurance Program) See healthcare IT.
(3) A set of microminiaturized, electronic circuits fabricated on a single piece of semiconducting material. The driving force in this industry and officially called an "integrated circuit" (IC), unpackaged ICs look like tiny "chips of aluminum." While most chips contain only digital circuits, some are analog only, and some are mixed analog and digital (see mixed mode). Digital chips are designed for use as processors, memory and controllers in computers and myriad consumer and industrial products. Before placed in their housings, raw chips are approximately 1/30" thick and from 1/16" square to the footprint of a postage stamp. Small chips hold from a handful to tens of thousands of transistors; large ones can contain billions. It is actually only the top one thousandth of an inch of a chip's surface that holds the active circuits. The rest is substrate. Although chips may be formed from other materials, silicon is the primary element. See silicon.