champ

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v champ chew noisily "The boy chomped his sandwich"
    • v champ chafe at the bit, like horses
    • n champ someone who has won first place in a competition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st annual Grammy Awards were awarded in 1959. The Record of the Year was "Volare" by Domenico Modugno, the Album of the Year was "Peter Gunn" by Henry Mancini and the winner of the best R&B performance was "Tequila" by Champs.
    • n Champ (Arch) The field or ground on which carving appears in relief.
    • Champ To bite into small pieces; to crunch.
    • v. i Champ To bite or chew impatiently. "They began . . . irefully to champ upon the bit."
    • Champ To bite with repeated action of the teeth so as to be heard. "Foamed and champed the golden bit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1870, British boxing champ Jim Mace and American boxer Joe Coburn fought for three hours and 48 minutes without landing one punch.
    • champ To bite repeatedly and impatiently, as a horse his bit.
    • champ To bite into small pieces; craunch; chew; munch: sometimes followed by up.
    • champ To pound; crush; mash: as, to champ potatoes.
    • champ To perform the action of biting repeatedly and impatiently: generally followed by on or upon.
    • n champ The act of biting repeatedly, as a horse on his bit.
    • n champ Mashed potatoes.
    • n champ A field. Specifically— In architecture, a field or ground on which carving is raised. Oxford Glossary.
    • n champ In lace-making: The ground upon which the pattern is embroidered or applied. The filling of brides or links between the figures of the pattern of lace that has no ground or bottom.
    • n champ The name given to a valuable timber, the product of Michelia excelsa, a tall magnoliaceous tree of the eastern Himalaya. The wood is soft but very durable, and of an olive-brown color.
    • champ Hard; firm: as, a good champ road.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Superfly Jimmy Snuka was the first E.C.W. World Champ.
    • v.i Champ champ to make a snapping noise with the jaws in chewing
    • v.t Champ to bite or chew: to crush: to mash
    • n Champ champing
    • n Champ (her.) the field of a shield
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Quotations

  • Sugar Ray Robinson
    Sugar Ray Robinson
    “To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.”
  • Les Brown
    Les%20Brown
    “See yourself confronting your fears in your mind's eye and handling those fears like a champ.”

Idioms

Champ at the bit - If someone is champing at the bit, they are very eager to accomplish something. ('Chomping at the bit' is also used.)
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Champing at the bit - To betray impatience, as to begin some action. "I'm champing at the bit to tell you" "Chomping at the bit" is also commonly used, though some regard it as an error.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob, of Scand. orgin; cf. dial. Sw. kämsa, to chew with difficulty, champ; but cf. also OF. champier, champeyer, champoyer, to graze in fields, fr. F. champ, field, fr. L. campus,. Cf. Camp
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A doublet of Campaign, from O. Fr. champaigne—L. campania, a plain.

Usage

In literature:

At last they were rolling down the Champs-Elysees.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
It was half-past seven o'clock when the municipal body arrived at the Champ de Mars.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
The location is at the west end of the Avenue des Champs-Elysees.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
So boisterous, indeed, was the wind on the bleak Champ de Mars that again and again she had to halt for breath.
"A Lover in Homespun" by F. Clifford Smith
Walking one evening in the Champs Elysees, I found a little family of singers from the Alps, underneath one of the large trees.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
The horse seemed to like having Sponge's red coat on better than Leather's brown, and champed his bit, and stepped away quite gaily.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
Champ Clark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Governor Woodrow Wilson, of New Jersey, were the chief contestants.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
His own share was deposited under a stone in the Champs Elysees every week, and he fetched it from there.
"The House of the Combrays" by G. le Notre
She was in the seventh heaven when he won a hurdle-race in the Champ de Mars.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
It was growing dusk, and the distant rumbling of the carriages in the Avenue of the Champs-Elysees sounded like some somnolent rhythm.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume II (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
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In poetry:

Marcus Hare, high her captain,
Kept to her—care-drowned and wrapped in
Cheer's death, would follow
His charge through the champ-white water-in-a-wallow,
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
So funny
Lobbing wildly through deep snow like a rabbit,
Hurtling like a black ball through the snow,
Champing it, tossing a mouthful,
Little black spot in the landscape!
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence
Wot all the courts an' papers say
Can't add to my distress....
Rose, with the blood upon 'er face
An' on 'er crumpled dress!
An' that poor champ who got the bump --
Ah, Gawd! 'E was a mess!
"The Joy Ride" by C J Dennis
Fury on it! have its debt!
Thunder on the Hill accurst,
Golgotha, be ye! and sweat
Blood, and thirst the Passion's thirst.
Red of heat and white of heat,
Champ it like fierce teeth that eat.
"The Song Of Theodolinda" by George Meredith
I had done myself proud and I felt like a champ
When I got him all haltered and headed for camp.
He was strikin', and kickin', and plum fightin' mad.
I could see he was spoiled and sure enough bad.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
Then I put on the bridle and I fixed it to fit,
It wasn't the first time that he'd champed a bit.
I threw on my saddle and I cinched it right down.
Then I crawled his old carcass--I was headed for town.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

Standing just over five feet tall and weighing just over 100 pounds, Juliet Lee is an unlikely champ on the competitive eating circuit.
Picking next champ anybody's guess in inscrutable Big 12.
Ski Like Will Asher The 2009 world champ identifies some of the most common slalom skiing mistakes and shows you how to fix them.
Ironclad signs collectibles deal with batting champ Mauer.
A night for chimps' champ at theaters.
Klahowya 's Crane repeats as 500 champ.
Champ Bailey's the best defensive player I've seen play for the Broncos.
Holyfield's statement confirms RadarOnline.com 's exclusive story on Monday that the boxing champ backed out after a dinner gone-wrong at Dr Phil's house this past weekend.
Defending champ Choi leads LPGA Malaysia.
Catholic Central D7 champs, Big Foot falls short.
Bill Cochran's Field Reports: Wythe County lawman is fishing champ.
Over the last decade, wakesurfing has gone from passing fad to legitimate competitive sport, with tournaments featuring entrants like six-time world wakesurfing skim-style champ Drew Danielo.
UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon 'Bones' Jones sentenced in Binghamton DWI case.
On Saturday morning, I was fortunate to spend two hours at Sisbarro Sunland Park Used Cars with UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Jon "Bones" Jones.
Regional champ Lightfoot leads nine girls to state meet competition.
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In science:

Analogous conclusions can also be drawn for a possible use of CHAMP and GRACE.
An assessment of the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect in the Earth gravity field, in reply to: ``On the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect using the nodes of the LAGEOS satellites, in reply to ``On the reliability of the so far performed tests for measuring the Lense-Thirring effect with the LAGEOS satellites'' by L. Iorio,'' by I. Ciufolini and E. Pavlis
Indeed, let us consider, e.g., a combination with the nodes of LAGEOS, LAGEOS II, Ajisai, Starlette, Stella, CHAMP and one of the two spacecraft of the GRACE mission in order to cancel out the first six even zonal harmonics Jℓ , ℓ = 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.
An assessment of the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect in the Earth gravity field, in reply to: ``On the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect using the nodes of the LAGEOS satellites, in reply to ``On the reliability of the so far performed tests for measuring the Lense-Thirring effect with the LAGEOS satellites'' by L. Iorio,'' by I. Ciufolini and E. Pavlis
Another serious drawback of such multi-combination is represented by the relatively large magnitude of the coefficients (8)-(9) which weigh the nodes of CHAMP and GRACE.
An assessment of the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect in the Earth gravity field, in reply to: ``On the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect using the nodes of the LAGEOS satellites, in reply to ``On the reliability of the so far performed tests for measuring the Lense-Thirring effect with the LAGEOS satellites'' by L. Iorio,'' by I. Ciufolini and E. Pavlis
The periods of the related orbital perturbations amount to -2.63 years for CHAMP and -7.23 years for GRACE.
An assessment of the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect in the Earth gravity field, in reply to: ``On the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect using the nodes of the LAGEOS satellites, in reply to ``On the reliability of the so far performed tests for measuring the Lense-Thirring effect with the LAGEOS satellites'' by L. Iorio,'' by I. Ciufolini and E. Pavlis
Such effects would represent serious aliasing bias over the necessarily short observational time span due to the limited lifetimes of CHAMP and GRACE with respect to the geodetic satellites.
An assessment of the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect in the Earth gravity field, in reply to: ``On the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect using the nodes of the LAGEOS satellites, in reply to ``On the reliability of the so far performed tests for measuring the Lense-Thirring effect with the LAGEOS satellites'' by L. Iorio,'' by I. Ciufolini and E. Pavlis
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