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microchip

[mahy-kroh-chip] /ˈmaɪ kroʊˌtʃɪp/
noun, Electronics.
1.
chip1 (def 5).
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; micro- + chip1
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  • So the question isn't whether you should have a microchip implanted.
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  • microchip makers and personal-computer manufacturers are already slogging it out with rivals, and casualties are mounting.
  • It would make money selling a small microchip embedded in bricks and devices that would conduct the power flow.
  • He took her to a shelter, where workers thankfully scanned her for a microchip that revealed her owners' information.
  • Badges issued to visitors have a microchip scannable at electronic checkpoints.
  • Each tag incorporates a tiny microchip encoded with a unique identification number.
  • Conversion cells can even be produced using microchip production methods.
  • The coolant directly underneath the microchip heats up and evaporates.
  • The visitor's badge has a microchip scannable at electronic checkpoints.
British Dictionary definitions for microchip

microchip

/ˈmaɪkrəʊˌtʃɪp/
noun
1.
a small piece of semiconductor material carrying many integrated circuits
verb -chips, -chipping, -chipped
2.
(transitive) to implant (an animal) with a microchip tag linked to a national computer network for purposes of identification
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Word Origin and History for microchip
n.

"integrated circuit," 1975, from micro- + chip (n.1).

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microchip in Science
microchip
  (mī'krə-chĭp')   
See integrated circuit.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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microchip in Culture

microchip definition


The basic component of modern miniaturized electronics. The “chip” is a series of electrical circuits built into a tiny wafer of silicon or another semiconductor.

Note: These circuits may be made by exposing the chip to a high-temperature vapor of controlled composition. The vapor deposits a thin layer (sometimes only a few atoms thick) on the silicon. In this way complex layers of materials, such as those found in transistors can be built up in a very small area.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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