Word of the Day: Chip

chip / CHip


1. a cracker or a thinly sliced fried food

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.

Diane Duane, 1952-


2. a small piece of something that has broken off

The worse the carpenter, the more the chips.

Dutch Proverb


3. a small silicon object that enables a computer to process information

Much of the work is going on in the electronics industry, where there is great demand to pack more components onto computer chips.

George M. Whitesides, 1939-


4. a dried piece of dung

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

Will Rogers, 1879-1935


5. a small round disk which represents money in various forms of gambling

People who say ‘Let the chips fall where they may,’ usually figure they will not be hit by a chip.

Bernard Williams, 1929-2003


6. a tiny morsel, usually of chocolate, often used in baking

However, the most classic American dessert of all might be the chocolate chip cookie.

Homaro Cantu, 1976-2015



1. to break off small pieces from the main part

But time slowly chips away at life.

Haruki Murakami, 1949-


2. to shape a material by cutting pieces off using a sharp tool

A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.

George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950


3. to make a flaw in an object by breaking off a small piece of it

The mugs were set on the kitchen floor and remained there until the cat chipped a tooth and went on a hunger strike.

from “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris, 1956-