- 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.
chip definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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: ME chippe < the v.
chip definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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. Electronics A minute slice of a semiconducting material, such as silicon or germanium, doped and otherwise processed to have specified electrical characteristics, especially before it is developed into an electronic component or integrated circuit. Also called microchip.b. An integrated circuit.
- a. A thin, usually fried slice of food, especially a potato chip. Often used in the plural.b. A very small piece of food or candy. Often used in the plural: 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.
- 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: Middle English, from Old English cyp, beam, from Latin cippus.
intransitive verb chipped chipped, chip·ping, chips
- chip noun
Origin: Origin 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) (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.
Types of Chips by FunctionLogic Chips - Completely Fabricated A logic chip processes data. A general-purpose logic chip, called a "microprocessor," follows instructions in software. Since software is easily changed, microprocessors are the most flexible logic chip. See microprocessor. A special-purpose logic chip, called an "application specific IC" (ASIC), performs a fixed set of steps that cannot be changed. ASICs are typically smaller and faster than microprocessors and less expensive when manufactured in large volume. See ASIC. Logic Chips - Partially Fabricated All logic chips start out in a semiconductor fabrication facility. However, there are categories of logic chips that are only partially finished at the plant and programmed to completion by the customer, who is the circuit designer. See PLD. Memory Chips Memory chips store data and instructions either temporarily or permanently. RAM chips are the computer's main memory and are either DRAM (fast) or SRAM (faster), but both are volatile and lose their content without power. Firmware is a category of memory chips that holds its content without power. See RAM, ROM, EEPROM, flash memory and early memories. Microcontrollers A "microcontroller" (MCU) is a single chip that contains all the components of a computer, including the processor, non-volatile ROM or flash memory, volatile RAM memory, I/O control unit and timing clock. More than a billion microcontrollers are used in myriad products every year. See microcontroller. Analog/Digital and Signal Processing Chips "A/D converter" and "D/A converter" chips convert signals from the outside world (audio, video, voltage, etc.) to the digital world. A related chip is a "digital signal processor" (DSP) that performs fast instruction sequences commonly used in such applications. See A/D converter, mixed mode and DSP.
How the Chip Came AboutREVOLUTION In 1947, the semiconductor industry was born at AT&T's Bell Labs with the invention of the transistor by John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley. The transistor, fabricated from solid materials that could change their electrical conductivity, would eventually replace the bulky, hot, glass vacuum tubes used as electronic amplifiers in radio and TV and as on/off switches in computers. By the late 1950s, the giant first-generation computers gave way to smaller, faster and more reliable transistorized machines. See transistor.
chip - Phrases/Idioms
cash in one's chipsâ
- to turn in one's chips for their equivalent in money
- Slang to die
chip inâ Informal
- to share in giving money or help
- to add one's comments
chip off the old block
chip on one's shoulderâ
in the chipsâ
let the chips fall where they may
when the chips are downâ
chip off the old block
chip on (one's) shoulder
when the chips are down
chip - Science Definition