beep

verb
\ ˈbēp How to pronounce beep (audio) \
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 Toyota Avalon, for example, is designed to beep once internally and three times externally in such circumstances. David Jeans, New York Times, "‘Very Smart People,’ but a Keyless Car’s Downside Killed Them," 28 June 2019 Finding the outfield more to her liking, the blindfolded Mia darted with glee toward the sound of ball beeps in her zone. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Blind, sighted lovers of America’s pastime take a swing at beep baseball," 13 June 2019 Lil Beep • Description: A small clicker that beeps at random intervals, like a dying smoke alarm or a needy app. Evan Allgood, The New Yorker, "The Six Remotes in Your Dad’s Entertainment Center," 15 June 2019 On the table before me are two diminutive robots, each emitting endearing little robot beeps and bloops, their screen eyes active. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The new Anki Vector robot is smart enough to just hang out," 8 Aug. 2018 In beep ball, an variation on baseball, players aim to hit a ball larger than a softball that beeps. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "USC’s Blind Football Player Proves Gym Time Leads to Game Time," 8 Sep. 2018 During the strike, the cacophony of noise that has become a soundtrack to Seattle – the constant jackhammering, the heavy trucks beeping, and the workers yelling to one another – has gone mostly quiet. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle-area construction strike enters second week, with no movement at bargaining table," 28 Aug. 2018 Add all those other backing up helpers, the dings and zings, beeps and blurps, as well as a crystal clear head-up display and the $3,200 upcharge starts to seem reasonable. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 BMW 530i xDrive is all very good and nice," 26 July 2017 The singers stood in front of the memorial in the darkened yard as onlookers gathered and horns from passing cars beeped on nearby streets. Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "200 years of ‘Silent Night’: Singers mark carol’s birthday," 28 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The corridors of the building buzz with the ceaseless clicking of keyboards, a kind of white noise, accompanied by the electronic beeps that signal a task has been completed or information is now awaiting retrieval. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 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 If a little extra push doesn't produce the beeps and light, try another dock. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "Taking a green rental bike through DTLA? A tipsheet for first-timers," 10 Apr. 2018 And the earbuds communicate things like battery level and connection status with beeps and bloops, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The best truly wireless earbuds to buy in 2018," 3 Aug. 2018 For example, this proposed listening system would be able to detect the rustling of shopping bags and the beeps at a register. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Walmart secured a patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees," 21 Dec. 2018 The beep or buzz of the cell phone indicating that a call has come in awakens the sleeper, who instinctively reaches over and responds to the message. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "College Students Are Sleep Texting Potentially Embarrassing Things," 5 Dec. 2018 In beep ball, an variation on baseball, players aim to hit a ball larger than a softball that beeps. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "USC’s Blind Football Player Proves Gym Time Leads to Game Time," 8 Sep. 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, New York Times, "Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81," 31 May 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 How to pronounce beep (audio) \

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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