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.
[boh-lin] /ˈboʊ lɪn/
[yoo-stis] /ˈyu stɪs/ (Show IPA), (“Chip”) 1904–74, U.S. diplomat.
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.
A flat piece of dung (1848+)
bargaining chip, blue-chip, have a chip on one’s shoulder
1. An early system on the IBM 1130.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959].
2. Constraint Handling In Prolog.
Community Health Information Partnerships
A reimplementation of CHIP-8 for the HP-48 calculator by Andreas Gustafson . Posted to news:comp.sys.handhelds in Sep 1990. (ftp://vega.hut.fi/pub/misc/hp48sx/asap). (1994-12-02)
language, games A low-level interpretive language (really a high-level machine code) developed at RCA in the late 1970s for video games on computers using RCA’s CDP1802 processor. It could also be used on the DREAM 6800. Amiga interpreter (ftp://ftp.cso.uiuc.edu/pub/amiga/fish/f5/ff537/CHIP8.lzh). (2002-04-09)
noun 1. a bowl or plate for holding potato chips or crackers with a smaller bowl, often placed in the center, for holding dip: usually sold as a set. Also, chip’n dip. A snack food or an appetizer consisting of potato chips, crackers, or raw vegetables (like carrot sticks) that are used to scoop up […]
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