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noun [countable] chip pronunciation in American English /tʃɪp/ 
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singularchip
pluralchips
  1. 1
    [usually plural] American a very thin round piece of potato cooked in hot oil and eaten cold. The British word is crisp

    Would you like some chips with your sandwich?

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  2. 3
    [usually plural] a small piece of something such as wood or glass, especially when it has broken off something

    There were chips of glass all over the floor.

    wood chips:

    Use wood chips as mulch around trees.

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