beep

verb
\ ˈbēp \
beeped; beeping; beeps

Definition of beep 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to sound beep a horn

2 : to send a message to (someone) with a beeper Dr. Khoury was beeped to perform an emergency operation at American University Hospital. —Scot Macleod

intransitive verb

1 : to sound a horn

2 : to make a beep

beep

noun

Definition of beep (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short usually high-pitched sound (as from a horn or an electronic device) that serves as a signal or warning

Examples of beep in a Sentence

Verb

Why did you beep your horn at her? She beeped at me first. Something is beeping in the kitchen. I could hear a beeping noise.

Noun

the beep of a car horn Please leave a message after the beep.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The scooter beeps to tell you it’s unlocked and ready to ride. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Downtown gets the Bird with fun-to-ride scooters," 5 July 2018 The woman heard a beeping on her book shelf and discovered a cell phone with a camera facing her bed, according to the press release. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, "Somerville man sentenced to jail for secretly recording women," 29 June 2018 Don't answer quickly enough and the computer beeps and moves on. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Leave No Trace' marked by brilliant performances from Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie," 28 June 2018 But talking and beeping devices, combined with other noise-emitting items like TVs, phones and iPads, have created a high-tech racket. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Quieting the High-Tech Luxury Home," 28 June 2018 Toyota engineers noted that Mazda vehicles beeped externally six times, as opposed to three external beeps in Toyota models. New York Times, "Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll," 13 May 2018 The company had recently moved from a cramped space in the Mission to a renovated warehouse in the Dogpatch, a gentrifying industrial neighborhood that was full of construction equipment beeping gently in the rain. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul," 7 May 2018 The officers stopped their patrol car 35 to 40 feet behind him, Schemmel beeped the car’s siren, and Gelhaus shouted to Andy to drop the gun. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Family of teen killed holding toy gun allowed to sue Sonoma deputy," 25 June 2018 Most Frustrating Beep: Robert DeNiro took the stage and then let loose with …something that was vehemently beeped out by the producers before sullying the ears of the at-home audience. Melissa Locker, Time, "Here Are the Best, Weirdest, and Wildest Moments of the 2018 Tony Awards," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But this requires actually getting up and walking around the room with your iPhone while the Sonos emits beeps and other tones. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Highlights from the Vergecast interview with Sonos CEO Patrick Spence," 15 June 2018 Others like Toyota beep several times, if the car is left on, according to the Times. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Keyless Cars Can Have Deadly Consequences," 15 May 2018 Although the game was a failure, it was followed the next year by Pong, a simple yet beguiling game in which short vertical lines bat a ricocheting dot back and forth to the sound of beep tones. Nellie Bowles, BostonGlobe.com, "Ted Dabney, an Atari founder, Pong creator, dies at 81," 1 June 2018 Its three external beeps satisfy the engineering society’s recommendations. New York Times, "Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll," 13 May 2018 Elsewhere on social media, the constant beeps, buzzes and flags that signal a new posting or notification have prompted complaints. Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post, "To Your Health newsletter," 2 July 2018 The right arm of the neck has contoured buttons to raise and lower the volume, which will give an indication beep. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "These Are the $100 Bluetooth Headphones I'll Use Every Day," 10 Mar. 2015 The bases and home plate also beep so that they can be found audibly. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Miami Lighthouse for the Blind students receive sensory tour of Marlins Park," 2 July 2018 The orchestra's music often sounds like a chorus of beep-boops, or worse: Some compositions create screechy, metallic sounds, the noise a computer overlord would make when demolishing the human race. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Aural Magic of Stanford's Laptop Orchestra," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of beep

Verb

1933, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beep

Verb

from beep-beep, imitative of the sound of a horn, or verbal derivative of beep entry 2

Noun

earlier beep-beep, imitative of the sound of a horn

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beep

verb

English Language Learners Definition of beep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (a horn, an electronic device, etc.) to make a beep

: to send a message to (someone) with a beeper

beep

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beep (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short, high sound made by a horn, an electronic device, etc.

beep

noun
\ ˈbēp \

Kids Definition of beep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sound that signals or warns

beep

verb
beeped; beeping

Kids Definition of beep (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or cause to make a sound that signals or warns The alarm is beeping.

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