from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of chop.
  • n. The action by which something is chopped.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Stout or plump; large.
  • adj. Shifting or changing suddenly, as the wind; also, having tumbling waves dashing against each other.
  • n. Act of cutting by strokes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Stout; lusty; plump; bouncing.
  • Running in short, irregular, broken, and interrupted waves, such as those caused by the wind blowing in a direction opposite to that of a strong current, or by the combination of different systems of waves: as, a chopping sea. Also choppy.
  • n. A corruption of chopine.


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  • There were still several hours of grey daylight and sombre twilight, and he utilised them in chopping an enormous supply of fire-wood.

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  • Who did they get to fill in chopping the thyme at Coal!?

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  • They were ruined, when they were required to send labouring children to school; they were ruined, when inspectors were appointed to look into their works; they were ruined, when such inspectors considered it doubtful whether they were quite justified in chopping people up with their machinery; they were utterly undone, when it was hinted that perhaps they need not always make quite so much smoke.

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  • Add the ground meat and the milk, and begin chopping the meat into the milk until it all begins to fall apart and brown.

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  • Head chopping is just an old family custom with the Cromwells anyhow.

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  • The only three requisites for making really great salsas are truly fresh ingredients, patience in chopping the ingredients into small pieces (coarse chopping just won't do) and allowing time for the flavors to blend (always cover them well to keep the flavors in).

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  • Added to their troubles was driving snow; also, the freezing of the water on their oar-blades kept one man occupied in chopping it off with a hatchet.

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  • There were still several hours of gray daylight and sombre twilight, and he utilized them in chopping an enormous supply of firewood.

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  • For as much as a week beforehand, "we children" were employed in chopping mince for pies to a most wearisome fineness, and in pounding cinnamon, allspice, and cloves in a great lignum-vitæ mortar; and the sound of this pounding and chopping re-echoed through all the rafters of the old house with a hearty and vigorous cheer, most refreshing to our spirits.

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