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

Geologically speaking, three years is hardly a blip, and islands of this kind often don’t last for more than a few months due to ocean erosion. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Young Island in the South Pacific Oozes Mysteries and Mud," 5 Feb. 2019 But in the scheme of Son’s 300-year plan, 10 years is a blip. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "SoftBank's Futuristic Vision Fund Takes on the Real (Estate) World," 16 Apr. 2018 The other offseason blip on the Eagles’ offseason radar is the possibility of a White House visit to celebrate their Super Bowl win. Dom Giordano, Philly.com, "Not ready yet for Eagles' magical season to end | Dom Giordano," 21 Feb. 2018 Seabirds howl like banshees, and seal colonies, numbering in the thousands, bubble and blip among the waves. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Arlington would like to stop having blips on the football field. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "Arlington regains focus long enough to knock off Shorewood," 26 Oct. 2018 Soccer was barely a blip on the American sports scene back then, except for weekend leagues with an immigrant fan base, and to no one’s surprise the Americans were eliminated in the Cup’s first round. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Walter Bahr, a Star of a World Cup Upset, Is Dead at 91," 18 June 2018 Consumers' attention spans on social media can dry up in a blip. Rachel Siegel, chicagotribune.com, "Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire. Ever.," 14 July 2018 This still seems more like a blip than a trend, so be careful letting your heart shout down your head. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' rough weekend in Cincinnati should be viewed as a blip, not a red flag," 25 June 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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blissed-out

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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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