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 However, 2021 may prove to be a blip, since rich countries suffered a larger drop in new investments during 2020. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 The musical chairs game that’s roiling the U.S. jobs market isn’t a blip, but rather marks a longer-lasting shift in leverage from employers to workers, experts say. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Traylor traced the blip in production to a range of issues, including pressure in Harris’ face, imprecise routes or dropped passes. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Similarly, Eternals on other planets would have survived the blip. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 Nov. 2021 What the hours-long blip of Facebook and Instagram should teach small-business owners is this: diversify. Christopher Tompkins, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 But the blip has raised questions ahead of the busy holiday travel season. NBC News, 1 Nov. 2021 Although some speculated that Stewart's romance with the screenwriter was merely a blip during her on-again-off-again relationship with model Stella Maxwell, a source for E! said otherwise. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Nov. 2021 The unit’s built up enough equity to believe Saturday night was more of a blip than a trend. Stephen Means, cleveland, 31 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 And utilizing the paddle shifters delivers a pleasingly raucous note — blipping the throttle during downshifts — when set in the Sport+ setting of the Drive Mode Select knob. Arv Voss, Houston Chronicle, 13 Dec. 2019 But during the last stretch of descent on September 7, just a mile above the lunar surface, the probe blipped out of radio contact. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, 5 Dec. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2021

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“Blip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blip. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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