Definition of chopper in English:

chopper

Pronunciation /ˈCHäpər/ /ˈtʃɑpər/

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noun

  • 1A short axe with a large blade.

    ‘The word is also often applied to a fire engine, equipped with a number of burly men wielding choppers.’
    • ‘They could make simple stone axes and choppers, and had brains about two-thirds the size of ours.’
    • ‘The stone tools found with the hominid remains at Dmanisi, however, are simple choppers and scrapers similar to the Oldowan set found in the Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.’
    • ‘There are hammerstones, cores, and flakes associated with the manufacturing of Oldowan assemblages, as well as choppers and scrapers.’
    • ‘Quality underpinners, choppers and saws are available secondhand at reasonable prices for framers who do their homework.’
    • ‘It was then that I saw the crowd of women running up with sickles and choppers, shouting slogans.’
    • ‘The victim, 17, was walking with a friend to a shop in Verdant Lane, Catford, when he was attacked by a gang of youths armed with the wood chopper and a wheel brace, the Old Bailey heard on March 16.’
    axe, cleaver, hatchet
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    1. 1.1A butcher's cleaver.
      ‘a meat chopper’
      • ‘I had to use this giant chopper that weighed a ton and was already dull before I even struck the meat.’
      • ‘The handheld blender and chopper are used every day.’
      • ‘Why are you using the huge chopper to cut cloves?’
      • ‘Take a chopper and then break the backbones near the bottom of the cut (this is called chining).’
      • ‘On one side is the butcher with his chopper, talking to the cook who is cutting up some meat.’
      axe, cleaver, hatchet
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    2. 1.2A device for regularly interrupting an electric current or a beam of light or particles.
      ‘It was a modified television vidicon tube with a TGS target, electron beam readout, a germanium lens, and a light chopper.’
      • ‘The data on all the pixels obtained by a CCD at one exposure are read while using a light chopper, and the data on the odd lines are stored in a first memory and the data on the even lines are stored in a second memory.’
      • ‘The beam line will consist of neutron guides, choppers, secondary shutters and shielding, along with the necessary utilities and safety and radiation protection equipment.’
      • ‘AC-coupled systems therefore incorporate a chopper that continually alternates views between a reference scene and a focused scene.’
      • ‘A 250 W xenon arc lamp and a mechanical chopper provided the analyzing beam.’
    3. 1.3choppersinformal Teeth.
      • ‘he flashes his choppers back at me’
      • ‘The Sonicare cleans your choppers with sound waves that produce 31,000 brush strokes per minute.’
      • ‘A standard set of 16 veneers over dingy old teeth, and the homely are transformed with instant white choppers.’
      • ‘You're not a bad person for finding comfort in thumb-sucking, but you are permanently damaging your choppers.’
      • ‘If the meth user neglects his dental hygiene, as many reportedly do, it's goodbye choppers, hello dentures.’
      • ‘Kids have fewer stains on their choppers, and those under 12 should ask a dentist before whitening.’
      • ‘The teeth whitening specialists are already booking up fast, so get your choppers down there quick.’
      • ‘As an added bonus, embracing this look is almost guaranteed to lead to thoughts of rugged, chisel-jawed types with big choppers.’
  • 2informal A helicopter.

    • ‘fog had delayed the landing of his chopper’
    • ‘Great North Air Ambulance paramedic John Kerr said that although conditions on the helicopter were cramped, the chopper's small size meant that it could land on a piece of ground the size of a tennis court.’
    • ‘After a half-day's delay, the choppers returned to Kulis.’
    • ‘Several Ranger and Delta elements of the attack force immediately secured the area around the chopper.’
    • ‘About thirty minutes later the chopper landed in the helipad.’
    • ‘‘When I got to Canberra and started flying choppers, I played but it was a once in a while,’ he says.’
    • ‘The chopper rolled over the top of the aircraft, gushing fuel and fire as it tumbled.’
    • ‘These choppers intercept several aircraft a week that have entered the no-fly zone.’
    • ‘The company's fleet of 13 airplanes and helicopters is down to two planes and one chopper.’
    • ‘The capacity of some of the RAF's choppers would reduce the number of flights necessary to complete the work, leaving everybody better off.’
    • ‘The choppers, eight total, left the Nimitz and were supposed to fly formation, low level, to the meet area.’
    • ‘The two choppers from the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th Rescue Squadron climbed carefully over the layers of Mount McKinley's clouds while skirting the glacier.’
    • ‘The 47s picked up patients from the choppers and rushed them to full-fledged hospitals in Japan.’
    • ‘And then, at daybreak also, choppers and fixed-wing aircraft were out here, an armada of them, dumping thousands upon thousands of gallons of water on the hot spots and on the flames.’
    • ‘Three of the helicopters had seen service as air-sea rescue choppers, the Alouette, the Dauphin and the current Sikorsky S61.’
    • ‘The US recently stepped up its relief efforts, sending in 11 more Chinook helicopters to join the 17 US choppers already flying missions into the quake zone.’
    • ‘But it has had its tranquility shattered over the past few days, with the front lawn being converted into a helipad for the choppers ferrying staff to and from the stricken freighter.’
    • ‘They also had help from choppers, bombers, other supporting elements of the 10th Mountain Division and small groups of Special Forces operatives.’
    • ‘Like the other three Coastguard helicopters, the Sligo chopper is equipped with all the latest search and navigational equipment and has an automatic hover capability.’
    • ‘Kitted out with the latest medical equipment and staffed with paramedics, the chopper's small size allows it to land on a piece of ground the size of a tennis court.’
    • ‘Smoke was seen rising from the wreckage of the Black Hawk helicopter, and other US choppers were seen hovering nearby.’
  • 3informal A motorcycle, especially one with high handlebars and the front-wheel fork extended forward.

    • ‘I also wonder why the police don't take a little more interest in the crazy foreigners who rent the huge chopper style motorcycles and who use the road as a drag strip.’
    • ‘The father-of-three was fascinated by choppers, the low seated motorcycles made famous in the film Easy Rider, since being a teenager.’
    • ‘The games, to be published under the Activision Value Brand, will draw inspiration from the show's depiction of a father and son who build chopper motorcycles in their garage.’
    • ‘He wrote Shadowmancer in six months - but thinking no publisher would touch it he sold his 1000 cc chopper motorcycle to self-publish last October.’
    • ‘Quite a few of them would have dreamed about sinking into the low saddle of a Harley Davidson chopper and thundering off with the feet resting up front and the hands on high handlebars.’
    • ‘Huge sales of traditional games and toys - even chopper bikes - suggest a backlash against computer games and high-tech toys.’
    • ‘The 1970s detail is quite particular: a chopper bike, space hopper and the piercing tunelessness of the daughter's descant recorder are all thrown into the rowing family's maelstrom.’
    • ‘There were representatives from a wide variety of motorcycle organizations, as well as a fine collection of custom choppers.’
    • ‘Even the heavy accent on chrome plating which is so characteristic of genuine choppers is absent in the Indian versions.’
    • ‘Wall to wall choppers is not something that I really want to get into - I am happy with my ‘Raleigh Roadster’.’
    • ‘"The Chopper bike has got universal appeal and I think it will be very popular.’
    • ‘Paris not only lives in a spotless Beverly Hills mansion; she also has her own bright pink Chopper bike.’
    • ‘I have four dirt bikes, a ' 93 Harley-Davidson Low Rider and an ' 03 custom chopper.’
  • 4Baseball
    A batted ball that makes a high bounce after hitting the ground in fair territory.

    ‘Bell followed with a high chopper to the third baseman’
    • ‘MacDougal exacerbated the situation by hesitantly fielding Coco Crisp's chopper and airmailing it wide of first base, putting runners on second and third.’
    • ‘It began innocently enough, with a Manny Ramirez chopper to the first-base side of the mound.’
    • ‘Clemente swung with all his might but hit a soft high chopper over the pitcher's head which rolled toward the second baseman and skipped off his glove.’
    • ‘With one out in the eighth, the Mets' David Newhan hit a chopper behind the mound and to the third-base side.’
    • ‘Belliard was hurt when he hit a high chopper to shortstop.’