Translation of chip in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /tʃɪp/


  • 1 1.1 (of wood) astilla (feminine); (of stone) esquirla (feminine) a chip off the old block de tal palo tal astilla to have a chip on one's shoulder ser* un resentido
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    • Jabbing at the wood, they remove chips three to six inches tong.
    • Nests are lined with bark chips or wood shavings or are a shallow cup made of roots, leaves and other plant fibers.
    • The landowner gets quick cash, the company gets wood for chips, and workers at local sawmills get laid off.
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    • There were no obvious tool marks, chips or defects, and the finish was perfectly consistent down to the sudden transition at the base of every fold.
    • If you're not prepared to rigorously keep up that pristine appearance, then the ensuing scuff marks, chips and cracks are sadly all too obvious.
    • It's a good way to discover scratches, chips and dents early.
    1.2 (crack, break) desportilladura (feminine), muesca (feminine) there's a chip in this cup esta taza está desportillada or descascarillada or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) cascada or (Chile) saltada
  • 2 [Cookery/Cocina] 2.1 (wafer) banana chips[ rodajas de plátano frito ] patacones (masculine plural) (Colombia) potato chips (American English/inglés norteamericano) papas (feminine plural) or (Spain/España) patatas (feminine plural) fritas, patatas (feminine plural) a la inglesa (Spain/España) , papas (feminine plural) chip (Urug) 2.2 (British English/inglés británico) (French fry) papa (feminine) or (Spain/España) patata (feminine) frita, papa (feminine) a la francesa (Colombia) (Mexico/México) to be as cheap as chips estar* tirados or regalados or (Andes) botados de precio (before noun/delante del nombre) [basket/pan] para freír papas or (Spain/España) patatas
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    • Usually I don't eat potato but fish without chips by the sea would be silly and my son eats most of them.
    • Stir again then serve with potatoes, chips, rice or pasta.
    • Low-fat oven chips are both less hassle to cook and significantly lower in calories than conventional, deep-fried chips.
  • 3 (counter) [Games/Juegos] ficha (feminine) they used it as a bargaining chip in the negotiations lo usaron de baza en las negociaciones to be in the chips (American English/inglés norteamericano) estar* rico or boyante to cash in one's chips [colloquial/familiar] [humorous/humorístico] estirar la pata [colloquial/familiar] [humorous/humorístico], diñarla (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] [humorous/humorístico] to have had one's chips (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] you've had your chips, mate la jodiste, hermano [vulgar] I thought I'd had my chips when the cable snapped creí que me había llegado la hora cuando se rompió el cable when the chips are down [colloquial/familiar] a la hora de la verdad
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    • That was a mercenary term for a poker game with fake chips, one just played for relaxation.
    • I thought maybe he'd taken a sudden interest in sewing but no - he intends to use them as gambling chips for poker games over at the other hotel.
    • A poker player with lots of chips can force the game.
  • 4 [Computing/Informática] [Electronics/Electrónica] chip (masculine)
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    • You find semiconductors at the heart of microprocessor chips as well as transistors.
    • Current integrated circuits, or computer chips, contain about 100 million transistors each.
    • The paper describes the proper structure for a new kind of metal electrode to accompany novel insulating materials in transistors on computer chips.
  • 5 [Sport/Deporte] 5.1 (in soccer) bombita (feminine) ([ pase o tiro corto por encima de un jugador contrario ]) 5.2chip (shot) (in golf) chip (masculine) ([ golpe corto y seco que permite acceder al green ]) (in tennis) toque (masculine)
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    • More often than not you'll leave the next shot short with your chip or putt, and you'll probably be long with the next.
    • He hit a poor tee shot, required two chips to find the green and then two-putted from 10 feet.
    • If a player gets too aggressive on a downhill putt on one of those greens, his next shot could be a chip or a pitch from the fairway.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-pp-)

  • 3 (in golf, tennis, soccer)[ levantar la pelota mediante un golpe corto y preciso ]

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-pp-)

  • [china/cup] desportillarse, cascarse* (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) , saltarse (Chile) ; [paint/varnish] saltarse, desconcharse to chip off saltarse, desprenderse

Phrasal verbs

chip away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (remove) [paint] descascarar, desconchar 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 2.1 (destroy gradually) [colloquial/familiar]to chip away at sth they chipped away at his authority fueron minando or socavando su autoridad 2.2 (come off) [paint/varnish] descascararse, desconcharse

chip in

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio [colloquial/familiar]
1.1 (speak) intervenir*, meter (la) cuchara [colloquial/familiar] 1.2 (contribute) contribuir* if we all chip in si todos ponemos algo or contribuimos con algo

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.