from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small broken or cut off piece, as of wood, stone, or glass.
  • n. A crack or flaw caused by the removal of a small piece.
  • n. A small disk or counter used in poker and other games to represent money.
  • n. Slang Money.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An integrated circuit.
  • n. A thin, usually fried slice of food, especially a potato chip. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A very small piece of food or candy. Often used in the plural: chocolate chips.
  • n. Chiefly British French fries.
  • n. Wood, palm leaves, straw, or similar material cut and dried for weaving.
  • n. A fragment of dried animal dung used as fuel.
  • n. Something worthless.
  • n. Sports A chip shot.
  • transitive v. To chop or cut with an ax or other implement.
  • transitive v. To break a small piece from: chip a tooth.
  • transitive v. To break or cut off (a small piece): chip ice from the window.
  • transitive v. To shape or carve by cutting or chopping: chipped her name in the stone.
  • intransitive v. To become broken off into small pieces.
  • intransitive v. Sports To make a chip shot in golf.
  • chip away To reduce or make progress on something incrementally: We chipped away until the problem was solved.
  • chip in To contribute money or labor: We all chipped in for beer.
  • chip in To interrupt with comments; interject.
  • chip in To put up chips or money as one's bet in poker and other games.
  • idiom chip off the old block A child whose appearance or character closely resembles that of one or the other parent.
  • idiom chip on (one's) shoulder A habitually hostile or combative attitude.
  • idiom when the chips are down At a critical or difficult time.
  • intransitive v. To cheep, as a bird.
  • n. Sports A trick method of throwing one's opponent in wrestling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small piece broken from a larger piece of solid material.
  • n. A damaged area of a surface where a small piece has been broken off.
  • n. A token used in place of cash.
  • n. A circuit fabricated in one piece on a small, thin substrate.
  • n. A hybrid device mounted in a substrate, containing electronic circuitry and miniaturised mechanical, chemical and/or biochemical devices.
  • n. A fried strip of potato of square or rectangular cross-section; a french fry.
  • n. A thin, crisp, baked piece of vegetable, usually potato.
  • n. A shot during which the ball travels more predominantly upwards than in a regular shot, as to clear an obstacle.
  • n. A takeout that hits a rock at an angle.
  • n. A dried piece of dung used as fuel.
  • n. A receptacle, usually for strawberries or other fruit.
  • n. A small, near-conical piece of food added in baking.
  • n. A small rectangle of colour printed on coated paper for colour selection and matching. A virtual equivalent in software applications.
  • v. To break into small pieces.
  • v. To break small pieces from.
  • v. To play a shot hitting the ball predominately upwards rather than forwards.
  • v. to upgrade an engine management system, usually to increase power.
  • v. To become chipped.
  • v. To ante (up).
  • v. To fit (an animal) with a microchip.
  • v. to contribute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of wood, stone, or other substance, separated by an ax, chisel, or cutting instrument.
  • n. A fragment or piece broken off; a small piece.
  • n. Wood or Cuban palm leaf split into slips, or straw plaited in a special manner, for making hats or bonnets.
  • n. Anything dried up, withered, or without flavor; -- used contemptuously.
  • n. One of the counters used in poker and other games.
  • n. The triangular piece of wood attached to the log line.
  • intransitive v. To break or fly off in small pieces.
  • transitive v. To cut small pieces from; to diminish or reduce to shape, by cutting away a little at a time; to hew.
  • transitive v. To break or crack, or crack off a portion of, as of an eggshell in hatching, or a piece of crockery.
  • transitive v. To bet, as with chips in the game of poker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut into small pieces or chips; diminish or disfigure by cutting away a little at a time or in small pieces; hack away. See chipping.
  • In poker, faro, and other games at cards, to bet; lay a wager: as, to chip five dollars (that is, to stake chips representing five dollars).
  • To break or fly off in small pieces, as the glazing in pottery.
  • In poker, to bet a chip: as, I chip.
  • To carp; gibe; sneer.
  • To utter a short, dry, crisp sound, as a bird or a bat; cheep; chirp.
  • In poker, to bet a counter of the smallest value, in order to keep in the pool until others declare.
  • n. A small fragment of wood, stone, or other substance, separated from a body by a blow of an instrument, particularly a cutting instrument, as an ax, an adz, or a chisel.
  • n. Wood, coarse straw, palm-leaves, or similar material split into thin slips and made by weaving into hats and bonnets.
  • n. Anything dried up and deprived of strength and character.
  • n. Specifically— The dried dung of the American bison; a buffalo-chip.
  • n. Nautical, the quadrant-shaped piece of wood attached to the end of the log-line. See log.
  • n. One of the small disks or counters used in poker and some other games at cards, usually of ivory or bone, marked to represent various sums of money.
  • n. A carpenter: commonly in the plural.
  • n. A small wedge-shaped piece of ivory used in rough-tuning a piano.
  • n. The cry of the bat.
  • n. Specifically, in gem-cutting, a cleavage which weighs less than three fourths of a carat.
  • n. In wrestling, a special mode of throwing one's opponent; a trick.
  • n. A quarrel; a falling out; a ‘spat.’

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cut a nick into
  • n. the act of chipping something
  • n. electronic equipment consisting of a small crystal of a silicon semiconductor fabricated to carry out a number of electronic functions in an integrated circuit
  • n. a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line
  • n. (golf) a low running approach shot
  • n. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
  • v. break a small piece off from
  • v. form by chipping
  • v. play a chip shot
  • n. a piece of dried bovine dung
  • n. a small disk-shaped counter used to represent money when gambling
  • n. a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
  • n. a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat
  • v. break off (a piece from a whole)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English cyp, beam, from Latin cippus.
Origin unknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English chip from Old English ċipp "log, beam, small piece of wood" from Proto-Germanic *kip(p)az (“log, beam”). Akin to Old Saxon kip "post", Old High German kipfa, chipfa "axle, stave", Old Norse keppr "cudgel, club". Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian cifël ("chip, splinter").


  • "_Thou art a chip -- Thou art a chip_," Angelica responded.

    The Heavenly Twins

  • And when he said, "_Chip, chip, chip, chip_," Rusty knew that there could be no doubt about it.

    The Tale of Rusty Wren

  • And he began screaming, "_Chip, chip, chip, chip_," in a very shrill voice which was most annoying to hear.

    The Tale of Rusty Wren

  • "He never says anything except '_Chip, chip, chip, chip_,'" Jasper often remarked.

    The Tale of Jasper Jay Tuck-Me-In Tales

  • One of these went past me as I stood by the roadside, rising very gradually into the air and repeating all the way, _Chip, chip, chip, chip_, till at last he broke into the warble, which was a full half longer than usual.

    Birds in the Bush

  • He rose for perhaps thirty feet, not spirally, but in a zigzag course, -- like a horse climbing a hill with a heavy load, -- all the time calling, _chip, chip, chip_.

    Birds in the Bush

  • "Right!" replied Dale; and a minute later he caught the rings of hemp thrown to him, and rapidly knotted the middle round Saxe, the end to his own waist; and as he knotted, _click, click! chip, chip_! went the ice-axe, deftly wielded by the guide, who with two or three blows broke through enough of the crust to make a secure footing while the ice flew splintering down the slope in miniature avalanches, with a peculiar metallic tinkling sound.

    The Crystal Hunters A Boy's Adventures in the Higher Alps

  • With 200,000 neurons linked up by 50 million synaptic connections, the chip is able to mimic the brain's ability to learn more closely than any other machine.

    Tew's Day!

  • The FeliCa chip is the contactless IC card usually used for electronic payments, but on some models at least it seems to be able to transmit.

    Exchanging phone numbers

  • I realize the chip is the expensive piece of the computer but you would think they would get the hint and replace it.

    Dell tales « BuzzMachine


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