Meaning of “chip” in the English Dictionary

"chip" in British English

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chipnoun

uk /tʃɪp/ us /tʃɪp/

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 (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.

chipverb [ I or T ]

uk /tʃɪp/ us /tʃɪp/ -pp-

(Definition of “chip” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chip" in American English

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chipnoun [ C ]

us /tʃɪp/

chip noun [ C ] (PIECE)

a small piece of something or a piece that has broken off a larger object:

chocolate chips
wood chips
Chips of paint from the peeling ceiling littered the floor.

A chip is also the mark left on an object where a small piece has broken off.

A chip is a plastic piece used in some games to represent money or points.

chip noun [ C ] (COMPUTER PART)

chip noun [ C ] (FOOD)

a small, flat piece of fried food, 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 /tʃɪp/ us also microchip, also silicon chip IT

a very small piece of electronic equipment that is used in computers and other electronic equipment for performing many tasks:

The company's chips are designed to deliver low power consumption and high performance, and are intended for mobile devices.
Today you can put over a hundred million transistors on a tiny little computer chip.
As prices for memory chips fell in recent months, the computer maker slashed prices on its products.

(Definition of “chip” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)