chip, chipping, splintering

(noun) the act of chipping something

chip, chip shot

(noun) (golf) a low running approach shot

chip, microchip, micro chip, silicon chip, microprocessor chip

(noun) electronic equipment consisting of a small crystal of a silicon semiconductor fabricated to carry out a number of electronic functions in an integrated circuit

chip, poker chip

(noun) a small disk-shaped counter used to represent money when gambling


(noun) a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line

check, chip

(noun) a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something

chip, crisp, potato chip, Saratoga chip

(noun) a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat

bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrap

(noun) a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; “a bit of rock caught him in the eye”

chip, cow chip, cow dung, buffalo chip

(noun) a piece of dried bovine dung

nick, chip

(verb) cut a nick into

chip, knap, cut off, break off

(verb) break a small piece off from; “chip the glass”; “chip a tooth”

chip, chip off, come off, break away, break off

(verb) break off (a piece from a whole); “Her tooth chipped”


(verb) form by chipping; “They chipped their names in the stone”


(verb) play a chip shot

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun


A diminutive of the male given names Christopher and Charles.

Proper noun

CHiP (plural er-noun)

Acronym of California Highway Patrol.


• (California Highway Patrol): CHP (initialism)


CHiP (plural CHiPs)

An officer of the California Highway Patrol


ChIP (uncountable)

Abbreviation of chromatin immunoprecipitation.

Etymology 1


chip (plural chips)

A small piece broken from a larger piece of solid material.

A damaged area of a surface where a small piece has been broken off.

(games, gambling) A token used in place of cash.

(slang, dated) A sovereign (the coin).

(electronics) A circuit fabricated in one piece on a small, thin substrate.

(electronics) A hybrid device mounted in a substrate, containing electronic circuitry and miniaturised mechanical, chemical and/or biochemical devices.

(UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, especially, in the plural) A fried strip of potato of square or rectangular cross-section; a french fry.

(US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, especially, in the plural) A thin, crisp, fried slice of potato, or sometimes another vegetable; a crisp.

(sports) A shot during which the ball travels more predominantly upwards than in a regular shot, as to clear an obstacle.

(curling) A takeout that hits a rock at an angle.

A dried piece of dung, often used as fuel.

(New Zealand, northern) A receptacle, usually for strawberries or other fruit.

(gastronomy) A small, near-conical piece of food added in baking.

A small rectangle of colour printed on coated paper for colour selection and matching. A virtual equivalent in software applications.

(nautical) The triangular piece of wood attached to the log line.

(historical) Wood or Cuban palm leaf split into slips, or straw plaited in a special manner, for making hats or bonnets.

(archaic, derogatory) Anything dried up, withered, or without flavour.

(golf) A low shot that travels further along the ground than it does in the air.

Usage notes

In New Zealand, where the term chip(s) can refer to either french fried potatoes or deep-fried potato slices, the dishes are distinguished as "hot chips" (french fried potatoes) or "cold chips" (deep-fried potato slices) when clarity is needed.


• (small piece broken off): flake

• (circuit): IC, integrated circuit, microchip, silicon chip

• (deep-fried or baked slice of vegetable): crisp (UK)

• (deep-fried small column of potato): fry (mainly North America), French fries (mainly North America)

• (a receptacle for strawberries): punnet (British), pottle (New Zealand)

Etymology 2


chip (third-person singular simple present chips, present participle chipping, simple past and past participle chipped)

(transitive) To chop or cut into small pieces.

(transitive) To break small pieces from.

(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.

(transitive, automotive) to upgrade an engine management system, usually to increase power.

(intransitive) To become chipped.

(intransitive, card games, often with "in") To ante (up).

(transitive, informal) To fit (an animal) with a microchip.

(UK, transitive, often with "in") to contribute.

(also, to chip at) To make fun of.

Proper noun


Acronym of children's health insurance program.

(medicine) Acronym of clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential.

Source: Wiktionary

Chip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chipped; p. pr. & vb. n. Chipping.] Etym: [Cf. G. kippen to cut off the edge, to clip, pare. Cf. Chop to cut.]

1. To cut small pieces from; to diminsh or reduce to shape, by cutting away a little at a time; to hew. Shak.

2. To break or crack, or crack off a portion of, as of an eggshell in hatching, or a piece of crockery.

3. To bet, as with chips in the game of poker. To chip in, to contribute, as to a fund; to share in the risks or expenses of. [Slang. U. S.]

Chip, v. i.

Definition: To break or fly off in small pieces.

Chip, n.

1. A piece of wood, stone, or other substance, separated by an ax, chisel, or cutting instrument.

2. A fragment or piece broken off; a small piece.

3. Wood or Cuban palm leaf split into slips, or straw plaited in a special manner, for making hats or bonnets.

4. Anything dried up, withered, or without flavor; -- used contemptuously.

5. One of the counters used in poker and other games.

6. (Naut.)

Definition: The triangular piece of wood attached to the log line. Buffalo chips. See under Buffalo.

– Chip ax, a small ax for chipping timber into shape.

– Chip bonnet, Chip hat, a bonnet or a hat made of Chip. See Chip, n., 3.

– A chip off the old block, a child who resembles either of his parents. [Colloq.] Milton.- Potato chips, Saratoga chips, thin slices of raw potato fried crisp.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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