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

Therefore, despite the poor loan spells last season, Bayern will most likely keep the player with the hope that this season was merely a blip. SI.com, "Bayern Loan Players: How They Got on Away From the Allianz Arena During the 2018/19 Season," 24 June 2019 His relentless efforts to portray the disasters as just a blip in Boeing’s sterling safety record suggest a man eager to get back to business as usual. The Economist, "Boeing’s boss wins a reprieve, not redemption," 21 June 2019 And there are ongoing ripples among distilleries and breweries as the industry figures out whether this is a blip or a movement with staying power. Laura Reiley, The Denver Post, "Millennials have sparked a sober revolution, and alcohol brands are starting to notice," 27 June 2019 And there are ongoing ripples among distilleries and breweries as the industry figures out whether this is a blip or a movement with staying power. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Many are embracing the #SoberLife and companies are capitalizing on it with a raft of sober events, products and so many hashtags," 27 June 2019 Still, bitcoin fans disagree on whether the latest runup in its price is a speculative blip or a sign that investors are starting to realize the technology's true value. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Bitcoin price hits 1-year high on boost from Facebook's Libra plan," 19 June 2019 Vania said the Kenai River sonar counter has been seeing large numbers of blips coming into the river this spring, indicating a strong run of early season sockeye. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Fishing expected to be good when Russian River opens at midnight," 11 June 2019 To Kepler, these planetary transits looked like a brief dimming of starlight, and from those blips in brightness, called light curves, scientists can calculate a planet’s size and orbit. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "18 Earth-size planets found in our galaxy—all hiding in plain sight," 28 May 2019 In the scheme of the universe, eight years is a blip—but on the timeline of sustainable fashion (and maybe fashion in general), 2011 feels like eons ago. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Alberta Ferretti Is Starting Her “Journey Into Sustainability” With a Little Help From Eco-Age," 28 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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