(Chip"per), a. Lively; cheerful; talkative. [U. S.]
(Chip"pe*ways) n. pl.; sing. Chippeway. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians formerly inhabiting
the northern and western shores of Lake Superior; called also Objibways.
1. A chip; a piece separated by a cutting or graving instrument; a fragment.
2. The act or process of cutting or breaking off small pieces, as in dressing iron with a chisel, or reducing
a timber or block of stone to shape.
3. The breaking off in small pieces of the edges of potter's ware, porcelain, etc.
(Chip"ping bird`) (Zoöl.) The chippy.
(Chip"ping squir"rel) See Chipmunk.
(Chip"py) a. Abounding in, or resembling, chips; dry and tasteless.
(Chip"py) n. (Zoöl.) A small American sparrow very common near dwelling; also called chipping
bird and chipping sparrow, from its simple note.
(Chips) n. (Naut.) A ship's carpenter. [Cant.]
(||Chi*ra"gra) n. [L., fr. Gr. hand + seizure.] (Med.) Gout in the hand.
(Chi*rag"ric*al) a. Having the gout in the hand, or subject to that disease. Sir. T. Browne.
(||Chi*ret"ta) n. [Hind. chiraita.] A plant (Agathotes Chirayta) found in Northern India, having
medicinal properties to the gentian, and esteemed as a tonic and febrifuge.
(Chirk) v. i. [Cf. Chirp, also Creak.]
1. To shriek; to gnash; to utter harsh or shrill cries. [Obs.]
All full of chirkyng was that sorry place.
2. To chirp like a bird. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Chirk), v. t. To cheer; to enliven; as, to chirk one up. [Colloq. New Eng. ]
(Chirk), a. [From Chirk, v. i.] Lively; cheerful; in good spirits. [Colloq. New Eng.]
(Chirm) v. i. [Cf. AS. cyrman, cirman, to cry out. &radic24 Cf. Chirp.] To chirp or to make a
mournful cry, as a bird. [Obs.] Huloet.
(Chi*rog"no*my) n. [Gr. chei`r hand + understanding.] The art of judging character by
the shape and appearance of the hand.
(Chi"ro*graph) n. [Gr. written with the hand; chei`r hand + gra`fein to write.] (Old. Law)
(a) A writing which, requiring a counterpart, was engrossed twice on the same piece of parchment, with
a space between, in which was written the word chirographum, through which the parchment was cut,
and one part given to each party. It answered to what is now called a charter party. (b) The last part
of a fine of land, commonly called the foot of the fine. Bouvier.