blip

noun
\ ˈblip How to pronounce blip (audio) \

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

Sunday’s loss, put the Cubs’ road record at 29-42, making their three-game sweep of the Mets on Aug. 27-29 at Citi Field appear to be a blip. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "4 takeaways from the Cubs-Brewers series, including Kris Bryant’s sore knee and familiar struggles against left-handers," 9 Sep. 2019 The August jobs report, out Friday, will reveal whether the downturn in the workweek persisted last month or was a blip. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Workers are putting in fewer hours. Is that a sign a recession is coming?," 5 Sep. 2019 Is this a blip, or a turning point for the traditionally macho genre? Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The uniquely California rise of Marianne Williamson," 31 July 2019 Kirby Yates’ first blown save in 27 chances was a blip. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Tatis stuns again; Quantrill provides relief; Hedges bounces back," 24 June 2019 In vast parts of L.A., the Aguilars’ story doesn’t register one blip. Los Angeles Times, "Pepe Aguilar’s ‘Rodeo Without Borders’ evokes old Mexico, with touches of L.A.," 15 Sep. 2019 Still, the ideal solution would involve stemming the tide of plastic waste permanently, making the plastisphere just a blip on the evolutionary timeline. Quanta Magazine, "On Waste Plastics at Sea, She Finds Unique Microbial Multitudes," 13 Sep. 2018 Virality in music is more often a fluke—a blip in the Zeitgeist—than an indicator of an artist’s potential. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Clairo and the Fuzzy, D.I.Y. Sounds of Bedroom Pop," 12 Aug. 2019 A week after the assault-weapon killing of three and wounding of 13 at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, the incident has slipped from big national news to a blip in the annals of the nation’s mass shootings. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Gilroy shows why nation needs an assault-weapons ban," 4 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Peter’s new romantic rival, Brad Davis (Remy Hii), was still a lame tween when his current classmates blipped away. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ explains why Peter Parker and his friends are still in high school 5 years later," 3 July 2019 Fortunately for Peter, apparently, all of his nearest and dearest — including his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), his best bud Ned (Jacob Batalon), and his crush MJ (Zendaya) — were blipped away and are effectively unchanged since Homecoming. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Far From Home is a full-on heroic triumph," 27 June 2019 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

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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

imitative

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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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