Meaning of “chipping” in the English Dictionary


"chipping" in English

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chippingnoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˈtʃɪp.ɪŋ/ us /ˈtʃɪp.ɪŋ/ UK

Examples from literature

  • Here one observes a difference underfoot from what has gone before: scraps of Roman tile and stone chippings protrude through the grass in meagre quantity, but sufficient to suggest that masonry stood on the spot. 
  • It is picked out from amongst ordinary stones partly because of its shape, and partly because of rough and much-worn chippings that suggest the hand of art or of nature, according to your turn of mind. 
  • On investigation, it was discovered that the inside portion of the walls had been made up of stone chippings without cement. 
  • These masons' chippings were evidently the output from some large cutting in the rock, and it became apparent that there must be a great rock tomb in the neighbourhood. 

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