Meaning of CHIP in English


n. & v.


1. a small piece removed by or in the course of chopping, cutting, or breaking, esp. from hard material such as wood or stone.

2 the place where such a chip has been made.

3 a (usu. in pl.) a strip of potato, deep fried. b (in pl.) US potato crisps.

4 a counter used in some gambling games to represent money.

5 Electronics MICROCHIP.

6 a a thin strip of wood, straw, etc., used for weaving hats, baskets, etc. b a basket made from these.

7 Football etc. & Golf a short shot, kick, or pass with the ball describing an arc.

--v. (chipped, chipping)

1. tr. (often foll. by off, away) cut or break (a piece) from a hard material.

2 intr. (often foll. by at, away at) cut pieces off (a hard material) to alter its shape, break it up, etc.

3 intr. (of stone, china, etc.) be susceptible to being chipped; be apt to break at the edge (will chip easily).

4 tr. (also absol.) Football etc. & Golf strike or kick (the ball) with a chip (cf. sense 7 of n.).

5 tr. (usu. as chipped adj.) cut (potatoes) into chips.

Phrases and idioms:

chip heater Austral. & NZ a domestic water-heater that burns wood chips. chip in colloq.

1. interrupt or contribute abruptly to a conversation (chipped in with a reminiscence).

2 contribute (money or resources). a chip off the old block a child who resembles a parent, esp. in character. a chip on one's shoulder colloq. a disposition or inclination to feel resentful or aggrieved. chip shot sense 7 of n. have had one's chips Brit. colloq. be unable to avoid defeat, punishment, etc. when the chips are down colloq. when it comes to the point.

Etymology: ME f. OF cipp, cyp beam

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.