chip Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “chip” in the English Dictionary

"chip" in British English

See all translations

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

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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)

"chip" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of chip?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“chip” in American English

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More