a small, slender piece, as of wood, separated by chopping, cutting, or breaking.
a very thin slice or small piece of food, candy, etc.:
a mark or flaw made by the breaking off or gouging out of a small piece:
This glass has a chip.
any of the small round disks, usually of plastic or ivory, used as tokens for money in certain gambling games, as roulette or poker; counter.
Also called microchip. Electronics. a tiny slice of semiconducting material, generally in the shape of a square a few millimeters long, cut from a larger wafer of the material, on which a transistor or an entire integrated circuit is formed.
a small cut or uncut piece of a diamond or crystal.
anything trivial or worthless.
something dried up or without flavor.
a piece of dried dung:
wood, straw, etc., in thin strips for weaving into hats, baskets, etc.
Tennis. a softly sliced return shot with heavy backspin.
the strip of material removed by a recording stylus as it cuts the grooves in a record.
chips, Chiefly British. French fries.
verb (used with object), chipped, chipping.
to hew or cut with an ax, chisel, etc.
to cut, break off, or gouge out (bits or fragments):
He chipped a few pieces of ice from the large cube.
to disfigure by breaking off a fragment:
to chip the edge of a saucer.
to shape or produce by cutting or flaking away pieces:
to chip a figure out of wood.
Games. to bet by means of chips, as in poker.
Tennis. to slice (a ball) on a return shot, causing it to have heavy backspin.
Slang. to take (a narcotic drug) occasionally, especially only in sufficient quantity to achieve a mild euphoria.
Chiefly British Sports. to hit or kick (a ball) a short distance forward.
British Slang. to jeer or criticize severely; deride; taunt.
Australian. to hoe; harrow.
verb (used without object), chipped, chipping.
to break off in small pieces.
Golf. to make a chip shot.
chip off the old block, a person who resembles one parent in appearance or behavior:
His son is just a chip off the old block.
chip on one’s shoulder, a disposition to quarrel:
You will never make friends if you go around with a chip on your shoulder.
in the chips, Slang. wealthy; rich:
Don’t look down on your old friends now that you’re in the chips.
when the chips are down, in a discouraging or disadvantageous situation; in bad or pressing times:
When the chips are down he proves to be a loyal friend.
verb (used without object), chipped, chipping.
to utter a short chirping or squeaking sound; cheep.
a short chirping or squeaking cry.
a tricky or special method by which an opponent can be thrown.
a small piece removed by chopping, cutting, or breaking
a mark left after a small piece has been chopped, cut, or broken off something
(in some games) a counter used to represent money
a thin strip of potato fried in deep fat
(US & Canadian) a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snack Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) crisp
a small piece or thin slice of food
(sport) a shot, kick, etc, lofted into the air, esp over an obstacle or an opposing player’s head, and travelling only a short distance
(electronics) a tiny wafer of semiconductor material, such as silicon, processed to form a type of integrated circuit or component such as a transistor
a thin strip of wood or straw used for making woven hats, baskets, etc
(NZ) a container for soft fruit, made of thin sheets of wood; punnet
(Brit, informal) cheap as chips, inexpensive; good value
(informal) chip off the old block, a person who resembles one of his or her parents in behaviour
(informal) have a chip on one’s shoulder, to be aggressively sensitive about a particular thing or bear a grudge
(Brit, informal) have had one’s chips, to be defeated, condemned to die, killed, etc
(informal) when the chips are down, at a time of crisis or testing
verb chips, chipping, chipped
to break small pieces from or become broken off in small pieces: will the paint chip?
(transitive) to break or cut into small pieces: to chip ice
(transitive) to shape by chipping
(sport) to strike or kick (a ball) in a high arc
early 15c., “to chip” (intransitive, of stone); from Old English forcippian “to pare away by cutting, cut off,” verbal form of cipp “small piece of wood” (see chip (n.)). Transitive meaning “to cut up, cut or trim” is from late 15c. Sense of “break off fragments” is 18c. To chip in “contribute” (1861) is American English, perhaps from card-playing. Related: Chipped; chipping. Chipped beef attested from 1826.
Old English cipp “piece of wood,” perhaps from PIE root *keipo- “sharp post” (cf. Dutch kip “small strip of wood,” Old High German kipfa “wagon pole,” Old Norse keppr “stick,” Latin cippus “post, stake, beam;” the Germanic words perhaps borrowed from Latin).
Meaning “counter used in a game of chance” is first recorded 1840; electronics sense is from 1962. Used for thin slices of foodstuffs (originally fruit) since 1769; specific reference to potatoes is found by 1859 (in “A Tale of Two Cities”); potato chip is attested by 1879. Meaning “piece of dried dung” first attested 1846, American English.
Chip of the old block is used by Milton (1642); earlier form was chip of the same block (1620s); more common modern phrase with off in place of of is early 20c. To have a chip on one’s shoulder is 1830, American English, from the custom of a boy determined to fight putting a wood chip on his shoulder and defying another to knock it off.
“break caused by chipping,” 1889, from chip (v.).
See integrated circuit.
cash in one’s chips, in the chips
A flat piece of dung (1848+)
bargaining chip, blue-chip, have a chip on one’s shoulder
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- Chips and salsa
noun computer hardware and software, respectively Usage Note computing slang
- Chips are down
sentence The time of final decision and hard confrontation has come; resolution is at hand •Usu with when: When the chips are down he goes to pieces/ For a change, when the chips were on the table, came up with some good stuff [1940s+; fr the final bets of a poker hand]
- Chip scale packaging
hardware (CSP) A type of surface mount integrated circuit packaging that provides pre-speed-sorted, pre-tested and pre-packaged die without requiring special testing. An example is Motorola’s Micro SMT packaging. See also: chip-on-board, flip chip, multichip module, known good die, ball grid array. [“Chip scale packaging gains at SMI. (Surface Mount International)”, Bernard Levine, Electronic News (1991), […]
/ˈtʃɪpsɛt/ noun 1. a highly integrated circuit on the motherboard of a computer that controls many of its data transfer functions 2. (computing) the main processing circuitry on many video cards noun a set of integrated circuits that have a specific purpose in a computer system, a group of microchips used together to perform a […]