chip

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
chip

Plural
chips

  1. A small piece that is broken off of a larger object.
    A chip of paint fell off the wall.
  2. A damaged area of a surface where a chip has broken off.
    This cup has a chip in it.
  3. A token that is used in place of cash when gambling.
    poker chip
    This chip is worth $1.
  4. (electronics) A small circuit used in certain electronic devices.
    computer chip
  5. (US) A thin, baked or fried piece of vegetable, usually potato.
    potato chips
    tortilla chips
  6. (British/Australian/New Zealand) A fried strip of potato, similar to French fries.
  7. (sports) A shot where the ball goes up more than a regular shot.
  8. (curling) A takeout that hits a rock at an angle.
  9. A dried piece of dung that is used as fuel.
  10. (northern New Zealand) A container that is usually used for holding strawberries or other fruit.

Verb[change]

Plain form
chip

Third-person singular
chips

Past tense
chipped

Past participle
chipped

Present participle
chipping

  1. (transitive) To break an object into small pieces.
    The workers chipped the dead branches into mulch.
  2. (transitive) To break small pieces off of an object.
    Be careful not to chip the paint.
  3. (transitive); (golf) To play a shot where the ball goes mostly upwards instead of forwards.
  4. (transitive); (automotive) To upgrade an engine management system, usually to increase power.
  5. (intransitive) To become chipped.
    This varnish chips easily.
  6. (intransitive); (card games) Often with "in", to ante (up).

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