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

Still, as high as the price tag is, economists say the massive effort won’t be enough to generate much of a blip in Russia’s almost $1.5 trillion economy. Olga Tanas, Bloomberg.com, "Putin's $11 Billion World Cup May Bring Russia Little Cheer," 14 June 2018 Doug wrote that the two-game losing streak is just a blip on the radar and isn’t anything to be too concerned about. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh adds former Florida coach Jim McElwain to his staff: Buckeye Breakfast," 19 Feb. 2018 Well, back in September, The Fact Checker gave Sessions Four Pinocchios for hyping a possible one-year blip in crime data when the overall violent crime rate had declined over the years. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Sessions’s statistics to back up the claim that Trump is ending ‘American carnage’," 25 Jan. 2018 But that increase proved to be a temporary blip in the downward trend. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 That comic tale revealed Wolverine's secret beginnings as spoiled rich boy in a well-to-do part of Canada in the 1800s and was only a blip in the movie. David Betancourt, chicagotribune.com, "'Deadpool 2's' brilliant post-credit scene, explained," 22 May 2018 According to Haddow, who will stay on as a managing partner of Smallwares, a brief Portland Dining Month blip in March was not enough to stem the bleeding. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "Two years after closing, one of Portland's most exciting restaurants will return," 11 May 2018 Fifteen years at that location was a good run but only a blip in time for an architectural curiosity with a history that stretches back over a century. Zipporah Osei, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s castle enters next phase of its long run," 8 May 2018 Home construction can be volatile on a monthly basis, so May’s gains may be a blip rather than a trend. Renae Merle, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump's CFPB nominee is facing questions about the immigration controversy," 20 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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