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

Kansas City, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles are blips on the horizon. Siddhartha Mukherjee, New York Times, "The Search for Cancer Treatment Beyond Mutant-Hunting," 13 June 2018 Is this something to worry about long-term or just a blip in the road? Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Can Jason Day Get Back to No. 1 in the World?," 7 May 2018 To my father, deals that went south, share prices that collapsed, companies that went bust were merely blips on the path to success. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Peter Munk, Entrepreneur Who Founded Barrick Gold, Dies at 90," 28 Mar. 2018 The only thing more remarkable than the numbers he's put up during that stretch is the fact that he's done it on almost a nightly basis without a blip. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors, NBA Playoffs Game 2: How to watch, TV, streaming info," 1 May 2018 On Fox News, though, these stories barely made a blip: There were signs this week that conservatives were turning on Pruitt. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Scott Pruitt is mired in scandals — but you wouldn’t know it from watching Fox News," 8 June 2018 On a visit to the volcano observatory, the boys watch the blips of seismic activity moving across computer screens, and stand cautiously to one side of the bubbling, red-hot springs. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 The rest of next week will be similarly mild and sunny except for a blip of thunderstorms Monday night and Tuesday morning, the Weather Service said. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "The Oscar for best spring weather? This weekend!," 3 Mar. 2018 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

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

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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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