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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

Example Sentences

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
The decline might be a blip in the data, one that could soon be reversed. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2022 Sustaining the recent biking blip might not only require a new way of considering space but also of thinking about the bike. WIRED, 14 Nov. 2022 The location was earmarked for investigation after Titanic diver P.H. Nargeolet detected a sonar blip in 1996. Katie Hunt, CNN, 12 Nov. 2022 There might be a little blip as the uncertainty rises, but that uncertainty will soon turn into a further need to produce, to deliver and to release movies, because audiences’ appetite is going to continue to grow across all media. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Nov. 2022 But there is still plenty of cause for caution, experts say, pointing out that the sharp spot-market declines are essentially a seasonal blip that won’t bring much reprieve for consumers. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2022 But there is still plenty of cause for caution, experts say, pointing out that the sharp spot-market declines are essentially a seasonal blip that won’t bring much reprieve for consumers. Loveday Morris And Evan Halper,, 28 Oct. 2022 Barring a blip in the early 2000s, the industry is known for its consistently excellent output. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 16 Oct. 2022 The Rockets' two titles, in 1994 and 1995, are today looked back upon by the greater basketball commentariat as a fluke, a blip in history, even a blight upon the game. Rahat Huq, Chron, 7 Oct. 2022
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 Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says that inflation may blip up a bit, due to the economy’s reopening, then settle down. Larry Light, Forbes, 15 May 2021 And as independent filmmakers blipped off the map, acting roles for women became few and far between, while producing and directing roles all but disappeared. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2020 Instead of the Britpop of his long-running band Pulp, Cocker (now billing himself as Jarv Is) surrounds himself with hazy keyboards and blipping sequencers; a four-on-the-floor beat sometimes surfaces only to disappear under mournful chords. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2020 Excluding defense, durable goods orders blipped up just 0.1%. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2019 My phones have been buzzing and vibrating, blipping and chirping since the news was confirmed that Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash Sunday in Southern California at the age of 41. Greg Moore, azcentral, 26 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Blip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


: a spot on a screen
a radar blip

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