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chipnoun

uk   us   /tʃɪp/
  • chip noun (FRIED FOOD)

A1 [C usually plural] UK (US French fry) a ​long, ​thinpiece of ​potato that is ​fried and usually ​eatenhot: fish and chips beans/​egg/​sausage and chips oven chips (= chips that are ​baked in an ​ovenrather than ​fried)A2 [C usually plural] US (US also potato chip, UK (potato) crisp) a very ​thin, often round ​piece of ​friedpotato, sometimes with a ​flavouradded, ​soldespecially in ​plasticbags: a bag of chips [C usually plural] a ​thinslice of ​fried maize, ​banana, or other ​food that is ​eatencold: tortilla chips and ​salsa banana chips

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  • chip noun (COMPUTER PART)

B2 [C] (also microchip) a very ​smallpiece of ​semiconductor, ​especially in a ​computer, that ​containsextremelysmallelectronic circuits and ​devices, and can ​performparticularoperations: a ​silicon chip

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  • chip noun (PIECE)

[C] a ​smallpiece that has been ​broken off a ​largerobject, or the ​markleft on an ​object such as a ​cup, ​plate, etc. where a ​smallpiece has been ​broken off it: wood chips Polly ​fell and ​knocked a chip out of her ​fronttooth. This mug's got a chip in it/out of it.
  • chip noun (PLASTIC COIN)

[C] a ​smallplasticdisc used to ​represent a ​particularamount of ​money in gambling: figurative The ​hostages are being ​held as a bargaining chip by ​terroristorganizations.
  • chip noun (SPORT)

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

chipverb [I or T]

uk   us   /tʃɪp/ (-pp-)
(Definition of chip from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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chipnoun [C]

 us   /tʃɪp/
  • chip noun [C] (PIECE)

a ​smallpiece of something or a ​piece that has ​broken off a ​largerobject: chocolate chips wood chips Chips of ​paint from the ​peelingceilinglittered the ​floor. A chip is also the ​markleft on an ​object where a ​smallpiece has ​broken off. A chip is a ​plasticpiece used in some ​games to ​representmoney or ​points.
  • chip noun [C] (COMPUTER PART)

a very ​smallpiece of ​silicon used in a ​computer and ​containingelectronicsystems and ​devices that can ​performparticularoperations
  • chip noun [C] (FOOD)

a ​small, ​flatpiece of ​friedfood, esp. a ​potato chip or ​tortilla chip: a ​bag of ​corn chips
(Definition of chip from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"chip" in Business English

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chipnoun [C]

uk   us   /tʃɪp/ (also microchip, also silicon chip) IT
a very ​smallpiece of ​electronicequipment that is used in ​computers and other ​electronicequipment for ​performing many ​tasks: The company's chips are ​designed to ​deliverlowpowerconsumption and high ​performance, and are intended for ​mobiledevices. Today you can put over a hundred million ​transistors on a tiny little computer chip. As ​prices for memory chipsfell in recent months, the ​computermakerslashedprices on its ​products.
(Definition of chip from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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