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Definition of: CHOP

(n.) A change; a vicissitude.
(n.) The act of chopping; a stroke.
(n.) A piece chopped off; a slice or small piece, especially of meat; as, a mutton chop.
(n.) A crack or cleft. See Chap.
(n.) A jaw of an animal; -- commonly in the pl. See Chops.
(n.) A movable jaw or cheek, as of a wooden vise.
(n.) The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbor, or channel; as, East Chop or West Chop. See Chops.
(n.) Quality; brand; as, silk of the first chop.
(n.) A permit or clearance.
(v. i.) To make a quick strike, or repeated strokes, with an ax or other sharp instrument.
(v. i.) To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize.
(v. i.) To interrupt; -- with in or out.
(v. i.) To barter or truck.
(v. i.) To exchange; substitute one thing for another.
(v. i.) To purchase by way of truck.
(v. i.) To vary or shift suddenly; as, the wind chops about.
(v. i.) To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words.
(v. t.) To cut by striking repeatedly with a sharp instrument; to cut into pieces; to mince; -- often with up.
(v. t.) To sever or separate by one more blows of a sharp instrument; to divide; -- usually with off or down.
(v. t.) To seize or devour greedily; -- with up.
(v. t. & i.) To crack. See Chap, v. t. & i.