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CHOP, v.t.

1. To cut off or separate, by striking with a sharp instrument, either by a single blow or by repeated blows; as, to chop off a head; to chop wood.

2. To cut into small pieces; to mince; as, to chop meat; to chop straw.

3. To grand and mince with the teeth; to devour eagerly; with up; as, to chop up an entertainment.

4. To break or open into chinks or fissures; to crack; to chap. [See Chap.]

CHOP, v.i.

1. To buy, or rather to barter, truck, exchange.

2. To exchange; to put one thing in the place of another; as, to chop and change our friends.

3. To bandy; to altercate; to return one word or thing for another.

Let not the council chop with the judge.

CHOP, v.i. To turn, vary, change or shift suddenly; as in the seamans phrase, the wind chops, or chops about. [The various senses of this verb seem to center in that of thrusting, driving, or a sudden motion or exertion of force.]

CHOP, n.

1. A piece chopped off; a small piece of meat; as a mutton chop.

2. A crack or cleft. See Chap, which, with the broad sound of a, is often pronounced chap.

3. The chap; the jaw; plu. The jaws; the mouth; the sides of a rivers mouth or channel. [See Chap.]



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CHOP, v.t.

1. To cut off or separate, by striking with a sharp instrument, either by a single blow or by repeated blows; as, to chop off a head; to chop wood.

2. To cut into small pieces; to mince; as, to chop meat; to chop straw.

3. To grand and mince with the teeth; to devour eagerly; with up; as, to chop up an entertainment.

4. To break or open into chinks or fissures; to crack; to chap. [See Chap.]

CHOP, v.i.

1. To buy, or rather to barter, truck, exchange.

2. To exchange; to put one thing in the place of another; as, to chop and change our friends.

3. To bandy; to altercate; to return one word or thing for another.

Let not the council chop with the judge.

CHOP, v.i. To turn, vary, change or shift suddenly; as in the seamans phrase, the wind chops, or chops about. [The various senses of this verb seem to center in that of thrusting, driving, or a sudden motion or exertion of force.]

CHOP, n.

1. A piece chopped off; a small piece of meat; as a mutton chop.

2. A crack or cleft. See Chap, which, with the broad sound of a, is often pronounced chap.

3. The chap; the jaw; plu. The jaws; the mouth; the sides of a rivers mouth or channel. [See Chap.]

CHOP, v.t.1 [G. and D. kappen; Dan. kapper; Gr. κοπτω; Fr. couper; Norm. copper or couper; Ar. كَبَحَ or كَيَفَ kafah or kaifa, to cut. Class Gb, No. 47, 51.]

  1. To cut off or separate, by striking with a sharp instrument, either by a single blow, or by repeated blows; as, to chop off a head; to chop wood.
  2. To cut into small pieces; to mince; as, to chop meat; to chop straw.
  3. To grind and mince with the teeth; to devour eagerly; with up; as, to chop up an entertainment. Dryden.
  4. To break or open into chinks or fissures; to crack; to chap. [See Chap.]

CHOP, v.t.2 [Sax. ceapian, cypan, to buy or sell. See Cheap.]

  1. To buy, or rather to barter, truck, exchange.
  2. To exchange; to put one thing in the place of another; as, to chop and change our friends. – L'Estrange.
  3. To bandy; to altercate; to return one word or thing for another. Let not the council chop with the judge. – Bacon.

CHOP, n.1

  1. A piece chopped off; a small piece of meat; as, a mutton chop.
  2. A crack or cleft. See Chap, which, with the broad sound of a, is often pronounced chop.
  3. The chap; the jaw: plur. the jaws; the mouth; the sides of a river's mouth or channel. [See Chap.]
  4. In China, a permit or stamp.

CHOP, n.2

A Chinese word signifying quality, as silk or goods of the first chop.


CHOP, v.i.1

  1. To catch or attempt to seize with the mouth. [Not used.] To chop at the shadow, and lose the substance. – L'Estrange.
  2. To light or fall on suddenly. – Johnson. If this is a legitimate sense, it indicates that the primary sense is, to throw, thrust, or strike. It is not in common use. To chop in, to become modish. [Not used.] – Wilson. To chop out, to give vent to. [Not used.] – Beaum.

CHOP, v.i.2

To turn, vary, change or shift suddenly; as, in seamen's phrase, the wind chops, or chops about. The various senses of this verb seem to center in that of thrusting, driving, or a sudden motion or exertion of force.


Chop
  1. To cut by striking repeatedly with a sharp instrument] to cut into pieces; to mince; -- often with up.

  2. To make a quick strike, or repeated strokes, with an ax or other sharp instrument.
  3. To barter or truck.
  4. To purchase by way of truck.
  5. A change; a vicissitude.

    Marryat.
  6. To crack. See Chap, v. t. & i.
  7. The act of chopping] a stroke.
  8. A jaw of an animal; -- commonly in the pl. See Chops.
  9. Quality; brand; as, silk of the first chop.
  10. To sever or separate by one more blows of a sharp instrument; to divide; -- usually with off or down.

    Chop off your hand, and it to the king.
    Shak.

  11. To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize.

    Out of greediness to get both, he chops at the shadow, and loses the substance.
    L'Estrange.

  12. To exchange; substitute one thing for another.

    We go on chopping and changing our friends.
    L'Estrange.

    To chop logic, to dispute with an affected use of logical terms; to argue sophistically.

  13. To vary or shift suddenly; as, the wind chops about.
  14. A piece chopped off; a slice or small piece, especially of meat; as, a mutton chop.
  15. A movable jaw or cheek, as of a wooden vise.
  16. A permit or clearance.

    Chop dollar, a silver dollar stamped to attest its purity. -- chop of tea, a number of boxes of the same make and quality of leaf. -- Chowchow chop. See under Chowchow. -- Grand chop, a ship's port clearance. S. W. Williams.

  17. To seize or devour greedily; -- with up.

    [Obs.]

    Upon the opening of his mouth he drops his breakfast, which the fox presently chopped up.
    L'estrange.

  18. To interrupt; -- with in or out.

    This fellow interrupted the sermon, even suddenly chopping in.
    Latimer.

  19. To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words.

    Let not the counsel at the bar chop with the judge.
    Bacon.

  20. A crack or cleft. See Chap.
  21. The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbor, or channel; as, East Chop or West Chop. See Chops.
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CHOP, verb transitive

1. To cut off or separate, by striking with a sharp instrument, either by a single blow or by repeated blows; as, to chop off a head; to chop wood.

2. To cut into small pieces; to mince; as, to chop meat; to chop straw.

3. To grand and mince with the teeth; to devour eagerly; with up; as, to chop up an entertainment.

4. To break or open into chinks or fissures; to crack; to chap. [See Chap.]

CHOP, verb intransitive

1. To buy, or rather to barter, truck, exchange.

2. To exchange; to put one thing in the place of another; as, to chop and change our friends.

3. To bandy; to altercate; to return one word or thing for another.

Let not the council chop with the judge.

CHOP, verb intransitive To turn, vary, change or shift suddenly; as in the seamans phrase, the wind chops, or chops about. [The various senses of this verb seem to center in that of thrusting, driving, or a sudden motion or exertion of force.]

CHOP, noun

1. A piece chopped off; a small piece of meat; as a mutton chop

2. A crack or cleft. See Chap, which, with the broad sound of a, is often pronounced chap.

3. The chap; the jaw; plural The jaws; the mouth; the sides of a rivers mouth or channel. [See Chap.]

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