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: a trace on a display screen (such as an oscilloscope)
especially : a spot on a radar screen
: a short crisp sound
: an interruption of the sound received in a radio or television program or occurring in a recording as a result of blipping
: a transient sharp movement up or down (as of a quantity commonly shown on a graph)
: something relatively small or inconsequential within a larger context
made only a blip on the political scene


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blipped; blipping

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Looking back now, that attention was a blip, but the impact of what America gave me—education, freedom, and the opportunity to be the best version of myself—doesn’t have a price tag. Peter Georgescu, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Fed Chair Jerome Powell suggested the price spike could be a blip and officials will monitor the data closely in the coming months. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2024 And if there is a blip, their fans don’t leap into live volcanoes. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2024 January’s jobs report showed that the gains were in a wider swath of industries (including key industries such as construction and manufacturing), so economists are looking to see if that was a statistical blip. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 7 Mar. 2024 While posing for photos in her elegant white square-neck Gucci gown and Fred Leighton jewelry, the actress, 41, encountered a slight blip — or rather, slip. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 New inflation data will be reported in mid-March that will reveal if prices are flaring up again or if January was a one-month blip upward. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, 10 Mar. 2024 Whether that proves to be a blip or a turning point remains to be seen. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2024 Yet every blip counts in the two giants’ competition for influence across South Asia, and that has set the Maldives on a zigzagging course between them. Maahil Mohamed Elke Scholiers, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024
Again and again, followed by hard braking—courtesy of Wilwood—and a downshift or two after a bit of throttle blipping to rev match. Michael Van Runkle, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Ever since Timothée Chalamet blipped onto the greater public’s radar with Call Me by Your Name in 2017, the young actor has proven to be versatile, charismatic, remarkably unselfconscious, and able to both amplify and weaponize his attractiveness (see: Lady Bird or, better yet, Bones and All). David Fear, Rolling Stone, 14 Dec. 2023 In Avengers: Infinity War, he got blipped (snapped? dusted?) with half of the world’s population after Thanos gained all six Infinity Stones. Time, 22 June 2023 Shake that features a shimmery, blipping pop backdrop. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2023 With a Final Four berth on the line, Gallegos viewed a patchy livestream of the taut Aztecs-Creighton game … until the screen blipped out. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2023 With it off, the additional footwork required to blip the revs yourself feels more natural, though not as consistent. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 21 Nov. 2022 Earlier this year, the transponders that will blip data back to Earth were found to be faulty and had to be repaired. Quanta Magazine, 3 Dec. 2021 The little black and white boxes that blip into view are telemetry blocks – an artifact from compressing the image and sending it back down to Earth. Mike Wehner, BGR, 17 May 2021

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Word History




First Known Use


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blip was in 1945

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“Blip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a spot on a screen
a radar blip

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