chip

If a small flake of your purple nail polish breaks off, you might describe it as a chip, or a tiny piece. You might also say, "Shoot, I always seem to chip my nails."

You can use the word chip as a noun or a verb, to describe the breaking off of a small piece or the small piece itself. You might accidentally chip your aunt's favorite tea cup, or realize that slamming your door made a chip of paint fall off your bedroom wall. The word comes from the Old English forcippian, "to pare away by cutting," and the related cipp, also pronounced chip, which means "small piece of wood."

Primary Meanings of chip

1.
nv
a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
break off (a piece from a whole)
2.
n
a small disk-shaped counter used to represent money when gambling
3.
n
a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line
4.
n
electronic equipment consisting of a small crystal of a silicon semiconductor fabricated to carry out a number of electronic functions in an integrated circuit
5.
nv
(golf) a low running approach shot
play a chip shot
Full Definitions of chip
1

n a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

Synonyms:
bit, flake, fleck, scrap
Types:
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matchwood
fragments of wood
exfoliation, scale, scurf
a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
scurf
(botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts
sliver, splinter
a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal
dander
small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions in some people
dandruff
loose scales shed from the scalp
Type of:
fragment
a piece broken off or cut off of something else

n the act of chipping something

Synonyms:
chipping, splintering
Type of:
break, breakage, breaking
the act of breaking something

n a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something

Synonyms:
check
Type of:
blemish, defect, mar
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

n a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat

Synonyms:
Saratoga chip, crisp, potato chip
Type of:
snack food
food for light meals or for eating between meals

n a piece of dried bovine dung

Synonyms:
buffalo chip, cow chip, cow dung
Type of:
droppings, dung, muck
fecal matter of animals

v break off (a piece from a whole)

“Her tooth chipped
Synonyms:
break away, break off, chip off, come off
Types:
flake, flake off, peel, peel off
come off in flakes or thin small pieces
exfoliate
come off in a very thin piece
Type of:
divide, part, separate
come apart

v break a small piece off from

chip the glass”
chip a tooth”
Synonyms:
break off, cut off, knap
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cut a nick into

Synonyms:
nick
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v form by chipping

“They chipped their names in the stone”
Type of:
forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
make something, usually for a specific function
2

n a small disk-shaped counter used to represent money when gambling

Synonyms:
poker chip
Types:
blue chip
a blue poker chip with the highest value
Type of:
counter
game equipment (as a piece of wood, plastic, or ivory) used for keeping a count or reserving a space in various card or board games
3

n a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line

Type of:
float
something that floats on the surface of water
4

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

Synonyms:
micro chip, microchip, microprocessor chip, silicon chip
Types:
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biochip
a microchip that uses tiny strands of DNA to latch onto and quickly recognize thousands of genes at a time; intended for use in a biological environment
DNA chip, gene chip
a microchip that holds DNA probes that form half of the DNA double helix and can recognize DNA from samples being tested
memory chip
a RAM microchip that can be plugged into a computer to provide additional memory
microprocessor
integrated circuit semiconductor chip that performs the bulk of the processing and controls the parts of a system
read-only memory chip
a memory chip providing read-only memory
Type of:
semiconductor, semiconductor device, semiconductor unit
a conductor made with semiconducting material
5

n (golf) a low running approach shot

Synonyms:
chip shot
Type of:
approach, approach shot
a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green

v play a chip shot

Type of:
shoot
throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective

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