Pronunciation: (chop), [key]
v., chopped, chop•ping,

1. to cut or sever with a quick, heavy blow or a series of blows, using an ax, hatchet, etc. (often fol. by down, off, etc.): to chop down a tree.
2. to make or prepare for use by so cutting: to chop logs.
3. to cut in pieces; mince (often fol. by up): to chop up an onion; to chop meat.
4. (in tennis, cricket, etc.) to hit (a ball) with a chop stroke.
5. to weed and thin out (growing cotton) with a hoe.
6. Fox Hunting.(of a hound or pack) to attack and kill (a fox that has not begun to run).

1. to make a quick, heavy stroke or a series of strokes, as with an ax.
2. throw or deliver a short blow, esp. a downward one while in a clinch.
3. (in tennis, cricket, etc.) to employ or deliver a chop stroke.
4. to go, come, or move suddenly or violently.
5. chop or cut down to size. See cut (def. 49).

1. an act or instance of chopping.
2. a cutting blow.
3. Boxing.a short blow, esp. a downward one, executed while in a clinch.
4. a piece chopped off.
5. an individual cut or portion of meat, as mutton, lamb, veal, or pork, usually one containing a rib.
6. crushed or ground grain used as animal feed.
7. a short, irregular, broken motion of waves; choppiness: There's too much chop for rowing today.
8. rough, turbulent water, as of a sea or lake.
9. See chop stroke.


Pronunciation: (chop), [key]
v.i., chopped, chop•ping.
1. to turn, shift, or change suddenly: The wind chopped to the west.
2. to vacillate; change one's mind.
3. Obs.
a. to barter.
b. to bandy words; argue.
4. chop logic, to reason or dispute argumentatively; draw unnecessary distinctions.


Pronunciation: (chop), [key]
1. Usually, chops. the jaw.
2. chops,
a. the oral cavity; mouth.
b. Slang.the embouchure or technique necessary to play a wind instrument.
c. Slang.musical ability on any instrument, esp. in playing jazz or rock; technical virtuosity.
d. Slang.the music or musical part played by an instrumentalist, esp. a solo passage.
3. an entranceway, as into a body of water.
4. Horol.either of two pieces clasping the end of the suspension spring of a pendulum.
5. bust one's chops, exert oneself.
6. bust someone's chops, annoy with nagging or criticism: Stop busting my chops —I'll get the job done.
7. lick one's chops, to await with pleasure; anticipate; relish: He was already licking his chops over the expected inheritance. Also,chap.


Pronunciation: (chop), [key]
1. an official stamp or seal, or a permit or clearance, esp. as formerly used in India and China.
2. a design, corresponding to a brand or trademark, stamped on goods to indicate their identity or quality.
3. the signature stamp of an artist, printmaker, etc., testifying to the authenticity of a work.
4. quality, class, or grade: a musician of the first chop.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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