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v. chopped, chop·ping, chops
a. To cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an axe: chop wood.
b. To shape or form by chopping: chop a hole in the ice.
c. To cut into small pieces: chop onions and carrots; chop up meat.
d. To reduce abruptly or by a large amount: chopped off his sentence midway; are going to chop expenses.
2. Sports To hit or swing at (a pitched ball) with a short downward stroke.
1. To make heavy, cutting strokes.
2. Archaic To move roughly or suddenly.
1. The act of chopping.
a. A swift, short, cutting blow or stroke.
b. Sports A short downward stroke.
3. A piece that has been chopped off, especially a cut of meat, usually taken from the rib, shoulder, or loin and containing a bone.
a. A short irregular motion of waves.
b. An area of choppy water, as on an ocean.
[Middle English choppen, probably variant of chappen, to split; see chap1.]
intr.v. chopped, chop·ping, chops
To change direction suddenly, as a ship in the wind.
[Obsolete, to exchange, from Middle English choppen, to barter, bargain, variant of chapen, from Old English cēapian, from cēap, bargain, trade; see cheap.]
1. The official stamp or seal of a government, company, or individual, especially in China.
2. Quality; class: first chop.
[Hindi chāp, seal.]