- 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, chip′ping
- 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
- [pl.]Chiefly Brit. French fried potatoes
- a semiconductor body on 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 away (at)
- to accomplish or deal with (something) a little at a time: to chip away at a long-term project
- to gradually reduce or lessen (something): competitors chipped away at our annual profits
- 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, chip·ping, chips
- To chop or cut with an axe 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, chip·ping, chips
Origin of chipImitative
Origin of chipOrigin unknown
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) (C.H.I.P.) World's first $9 computer. See C.H.I.P..
(3) (CHIP) (Children's Health Insurance Program) See healthcare IT.
(4) 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.