Definition of microchip in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmīkrōˌCHip/


A tiny wafer of semiconducting material used to make an integrated circuit.
Example sentences
  • Nanowires fashioned into billions of transistors on a microchip could someday drive tiny, ultra-fast computers.
  • The worldwide market for silicon wafers and microchips has collapsed and the hi-tech chips which were to secure their future will instead be produced at NEC's Japanese plants.
  • But first, researchers must perfect schemes for creating spin-aligned currents inside semiconductors, the materials used to make microchips.

verb (microchips, microchipping, microchipped)

[with object]
Implant a microchip under the skin of (a domestic animal) as a means of identification.
Example sentences
  • We do not want to devote a huge amount of time and attention to expensive databases and microchipping every dog that is with a responsible owner.
  • The SPCA's rationale for microchipping cats is, that those that are lost could be reunited with their owners.
  • The charity urges owners to be responsible in helping to prevent the stray dog problem, by neutering and microchipping their dogs.

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Syllabification: mi·cro·chip

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