see also: Chip, CHIP, ChIP, CHiP
Pronunciation Noun

chip (plural chips)

  1. A small piece broken from a larger piece of solid material.
  2. A damaged area of a surface where a small piece has been broken off.
    This cup has a chip in it.
  3. (games, gambling) A token used in place of cash.
    • 2002, Albert H. Moorehead, Hoyle′s Rules of Games, [|%22chips%22+-intitle:%22chip|chips%22+-inauthor:%22chip|chips%22&dq=%22chip%22|%22chips%22+-intitle:%22chip|chips%22+-inauthor:%22chip|chips%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OIIkT_OCH6yQiQej7YXkBA&redir_esc=y page 46],
      If the second player does raise three chips, and all the other players drop, the player who opened may stay in by putting three more chips in the pot, for then he will have put in precisely as many chips as the second player.
  4. (slang, dated) A sovereign qual the coin.
  5. (electronics) A circuit fabricated in one piece on a small, thin substrate.
    • 1986 September 1, Tom Moran, Lisa L. Spiegelman, New Chip Said to Contain Seven PC AT Chip Functions, InfoWorld, [|%22chips%22+-intitle:%22chip|chips%22+-inauthor:%22chip|chips%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lGgkT_7CIaOYiAfxqNyBCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chip%22|%22chips%22%20-intitle%3A%22chip|chips%22%20-inauthor%3A%22chip|chips%22&f=false page 5],
      But sources close to the company said the chip contains two direct memory access controllers, two interrupt controllers, a timer, a memory mapper from Texas Instruments, and a Motorola Inc. real-time clock.
  6. (electronics) A hybrid device mounted in a substrate, containing electronic circuitry and miniaturised mechanical, chemical and/or biochemical devices.
    • 2002, Koji Ikuta, Atsushi Takahashi, Kota Ikeda, Shoji Maruo, User-Assembly Fully Integrated Micro Chemical Laboratory Using Biochemical IC Chips for Wearable/Implantable Applications, Yoshinobu Baba, Shuichi Shoji, Albert van den Berg (editors), Micro Total Analysis Systems 2002: Proceedings of the μTAS 2002 Symposium, Volume 1, [|%22chips%22+-intitle:%22chip|chips%22+-inauthor:%22chip|chips%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lGgkT_7CIaOYiAfxqNyBCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chip%22|%22chips%22%20-intitle%3A%22chip|chips%22%20-inauthor%3A%22chip|chips%22&f=false page 38],
      Fig. 4(a) shows a schematic design of the micropump chip.
    • 2007, Elisabeth S. Papazoglou, Aravind Parthasarathy, Bionanotechnology, [|%22chips%22+-intitle:%22chip|chips%22+-inauthor:%22chip|chips%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LX0kT7vzIMWgiQfFvMHQBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22chip%22|%22chips%22%20-intitle%3A%22chip|chips%22%20-inauthor%3A%22chip|chips%22&f=false page 6],
      Fig. 0.3 is an image of the front and back views of a drug delivery microchip made of silicon and painted with gold, with a U.S. dime (10 cents). The chip in the picture consists of 34 nano-sized wells each of which is capable of housing 24 nl (nano liters) of drug. It is possible to make at least 400 wells or even 1000 or more in these chips which are very inexpensive, costing less tham $20 [22, 23].
  7. (UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, especially, in the plural) A fried strip of potato of square or rectangular cross-section; a french fry.
    Do you want sauce or mayonnaise on your chips?
  8. (US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, especially, in the plural) A thin, crisp, fried slice of potato, or sometimes another vegetable; a crisp.
    they made their own potato chips from scratch, he ate a tortilla chip, served with a side of apple chips
  9. (sports) A shot during which the ball travels more predominantly upwards than in a regular shot, as to clear an obstacle.
  10. (curling) A takeout that hits a rock at an angle.
  11. A dried piece of dung, often used as fuel.
  12. (New Zealand, northern) A receptacle, usually for strawberries or other fruit.
  13. (gastronomy) A small, near-conical piece of food added in baking.
    chocolate chip
  14. A small rectangle of colour printed on coated paper for colour selection and matching. A virtual equivalent in software applications.
  15. (nautical) The triangular piece of wood attached to the log line.
  16. (historical) Wood or Cuban palm leaf split into slips, or straw plaited in a special manner, for making hats or bonnets.
  17. (archaic, derogatory) Anything dried up, withered, or without flavour.
  18. (golf) A low shot that travels further along the ground than it does in the air.
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  • Russian: кизя́к

chip (chips, present participle chipping; past and past participle chipped)

  1. (transitive) To chop or cut into small pieces.
    The workers chipped the dead branches into mulch.
  2. (transitive) To break small pieces from.
    Be careful not to chip the paint.
  3. (transitive, sports) To play a shot hitting the ball predominantly upwards rather than forwards. In association football specifically, when the shot is a shot on goal, the opposing goalkeeper may be the direct object of the verb, rather than the ball.
    • 2014, Paul Doyle, "Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter ↗", The Guardian, 18 October 2014:
      Koeman identified Southampton’s third as their finest goal of the game. Jack Cork, the most underrated player at a much-lauded club, swept the ball out wide to Tadic, who waited for Cork to run to the back post before chipping the ball across to him to slam in a deserved goal from close range, despite an attempted block by Vito Mannone.
    • 2016, Andy Edwards, "VIDEO: San Jose’s Quincy Amarikwa chips, goes upper-90 from 35 yards out ↗",, 13 March 2016:
      Typically when someone scores a stunning goal this early in the season — it’s only Week 2 — it gets forgotten, or at the very least lost in the shuffle after eight more months of worthy GOTY candidates. Not this year, though, because no one is forgetting Amarikwa chipping Adam Kwarasey from 35 yards out and burying the ball in the top corner.
  4. (transitive, automotive) to upgrade an engine management system, usually to increase power.
  5. (intransitive) To become chipped.
    This varnish chips easily.
  6. (intransitive, card games, often with "in") To ante (up).
  7. (transitive, informal) To fit (an animal) with a microchip.
  8. (UK, transitive, often with "in") to contribute.
    Everyone needs to chip in £1 for George's leaving collection
  9. (also, to chip at) To make fun of.
Translations Translations
  • French: cocher
  • Spanish: desconchar
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A diminutive of the male given names Christopher and Charles.
    • 1993 Jonathan Kellerman, Devil's Waltz, Random House 1998, ISBN 0345460715, page 26:
      "What else? Anyway, here's the genealogy: Charles Junior's only son is Charles the Third - like royalty. He goes by Chip - Cassie's daddy. The mom is Cindy. The dead son was Chad - Charles the Fourth."
      "All Cs," I said. "Sounds like they like order."

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Acronym of children's health insurance program
  2. (medicine) Acronym of clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential

Pronunciation Noun

chip (uncountable)

  1. Abbreviation of chromatin#English|chromatin immunoprecipitation#English|immunoprecipitation.

Proper noun
  1. Acronym of California Highway Patrol
  • (California Highway Patrol) CHP initialism

chip (plural chips)

  1. An officer of the California Highway Patrol

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