Definition of chip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪp//
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  1. 1  the place from which a small piece of wood, glass, etc. has broken from an object This mug has a chip in it.
  2. 2  a small piece of wood, glass, etc. that has broken or been broken off an object chips of wood chocolate chip cookies (= biscuits containing small pieces of chocolate)
  3. 3   (British English) (also French fry, fry North American English, British English) [usually plural] a long thin piece of potato fried in oil or fat All main courses are served with chips or baked potato. see also fish and chips See related entries: Carbohydrates
  4. 4 (also potato chip) (both North American English) (British English crisp, potato crisp) a thin round slice of potato that is fried until hard then dried and eaten cold. Chips are sold in bags and have many different flavours. See related entries: Carbohydrates
  5. 5= tortilla chip
  6. 6= microchip chip technology see also V-chip See related entries: Computer hardware
  7. 7a small flat piece of plastic used to represent a particular amount of money in some types of gambling (figurative) The release of prisoners was used as a bargaining chip. Wordfinderbet, casino, chip, croupier, gambling, lottery, odds, roulette, stake, streak
  8. 8(also chip shot) (in golf, football (soccer ), etc.) an act of hitting or kicking a ball high in the air so that it lands within a short distance She left herself with a short chip to the green. See related entries: Soccer
  9. see also blue-chip
    Word OriginMiddle English: related to Old English forcippian ‘cut off’.Extra examples Advances in technology have made it possible to pack even more circuits on a chip. All he’ll eat is chips. An electronic chip could be implanted in his brain. I never cook anything grand—we live on chips and baked beans. The computer has an integrated graphics chip running at 333 MHz. This computer uses the DX chip. This notebook uses a chip designed for mobile computing. a Pentium-compatible chip set a chip containing the coding devices fish and chips She had a slight chip off her front tooth. The gutted raw fish are smoked slowly over wood chips.Idioms (informal) to die He cashed in his chips last summer aged 65.
    a chip off the old block
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    (informal) a person who is very similar to their mother or father in the way that they look or behave
    have a chip on your shoulder (about something)
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    (informal) to be sensitive about something that happened in the past and become easily offended if it is mentioned because you think that you were treated unfairly He has a real chip on his shoulder about being adopted.
    (British English, informal) to be in a situation in which you are certain to be defeated or killed
    when the chips are down
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    (informal) used to refer to a difficult situation in which you are forced to decide what is important to you I'm not sure what I'll do when the chips are down. When the chips are down he always finds the courage to carry on.
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