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chip

noun uk   /tʃɪp/ us  

chip noun (FRIED FOOD)

A1 [C usually plural] UK ( US French fry) a long, thin piece of potato that is fried and usually eaten hot: fish and chips beans/egg/sausage and chips oven chips (= chips that are baked in an oven rather than fried)A2 [C usually plural] US ( US also potato chip, UK (potato) crisp) a very thin, often round piece of fried potato, sometimes with a flavour added, sold especially in plastic bags: a bag of chips [C usually plural] a thin slice of fried maize, banana , or other food that is eaten cold: tortilla chips and salsa banana chips
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chip noun (COMPUTER PART)

B2 [C] ( also microchip) a very small piece of semiconductor , especially in a computer, that contains extremely small electronic circuits and devices, and can perform particular operations: a silicon chip
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chip noun (PIECE)

[C] a small piece that has been broken off a larger object, or the mark left on an object such as a cup, plate, etc. where a small piece has been broken off it: wood chips Polly fell and knocked a chip out of her front tooth. This mug's got a chip in it/out of it.

chip noun (PLASTIC COIN)

[C] a small plastic disc used to represent a particular amount of money in gambling: figurative The hostages are being held as a bargaining chip by terrorist organizations.

chip noun (SPORT)

[C] a kick in football or a hit in golf, in which the ball goes high into the air for a short time: His splendid chip from the 18 yard line caught the goalkeeper off his line.

chip

verb [I or T] uk   /tʃɪp/ (-pp-) us  

chip verb [I or T] (BREAK)

to break a small piece off something by accident: I wish my nail polish wouldn't keep chipping. He's chipped a bone in his wrist.

chip verb [I or T] (KICK/HIT)

to kick a football or hit a golf ball high into the air for a short distance: Berbatov managed to sidestep a tackle and chip the keeper.
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