blip

noun
\ˈblip \

Definition of blip 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a trace on a display screen (such as an oscilloscope) especially : a spot on a radar screen

2 : a short crisp sound

3 : an interruption of the sound received in a radio or television program or occurring in a recording as a result of blipping

4 : a transient sharp movement up or down (as of a quantity commonly shown on a graph)

5 : something relatively small or inconsequential within a larger context made only a blip on the political scene

blip

verb
blipped; blipping

Definition of blip (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to remove (recorded sound) from a recording so that there is an interruption of the sound in the reproduction a censor blipped the swear words

Examples of blip in a Sentence

Noun

The approaching ship appeared as a blip on the screen. the blips, buzzes, and bleeps of a video game The company's financial problems were just a temporary blip.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This could prove to be a blip, some bankers and industry participants say, and many investors remain confident in the long-term growth and profit potential of China’s internet sector. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "China’s Tech Investment Mania Ebbs—For Now," 28 Oct. 2018 Von Ancken, however, appears to have based his valuation on the blip, producing an appraisal that, taken at face value, meant Fred Trump would have had to pay someone millions of dollars to take the property off his hands. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The resulting theory, quantum mechanics, deals with particles and blips of energy in the realm of the ultra-small, divorced from our everyday experience, and all but invisible to our clumsy mammalian sensory apparatuses. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Had the birthrates of the baby boom era persisted until the present, the post-1965 wave of immigration would have been little more than a cultural blip. Reihan Salam, WSJ, "A Way Out of the Immigration Crisis," 21 Sep. 2018 The quick rise and fall of Twitch in China, which will likely soon become a tiny blip in the history of Chinese censorship of Western internet platforms, doesn’t bode well for game distribution service Steam and its ambitions in the East. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Twitch is now blocked in China," 20 Sep. 2018 Compared with Stockholm and Copenhagen, the Nordic capital has barely registered a blip on most travelers’ radar. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Helsinki Should Be Your Next City Break in Europe," 2 Sep. 2018 Not even the blip of Vince Carter’s signing in the late 1990s could save Puma from fading from the basketball conscious, which is why the recent announcements of Ayton, Bagley, and Jay Z are so stunning. Matt Giles, Longreads, "Puma’s Ploy to Become Relevant in Basketball Again," 21 June 2018 But rather than simply a blip, this has become the norm at Old Trafford. SI.com, "Man Utd's Champions League Record This Decade Doesn't Make for Pleasant Reading," 14 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000. BostonGlobe.com, "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000. BostonGlobe.com, "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000. BostonGlobe.com, "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000. BostonGlobe.com, "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000. BostonGlobe.com, "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000. BostonGlobe.com, "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000. BostonGlobe.com, "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "US home building slides 3.7 percent in April," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of blip

Noun

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blip

Noun

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blip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blip

: a bright dot on the screen of an electronic device (such as a radar)

: a very short high sound made by an electronic device

: something that is small or unimportant or that does not last a long time

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