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Definition of blip

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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


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 But for a few historical blips, U.S. smoking rates have been higher among men than women, continuing to the present day, Jemal says. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Lung Cancer Rates Among Women Are Falling Much Slower Than Those in Men. Here's Why," 7 Nov. 2019 This storm wasn’t a blip on the radar, but rather a sign of what’s to come. Allegra Kirkland, Quartz, "What climate change will do to three major American cities by 2100," 18 Oct. 2019 One model has moving electronic blips, representing car traffic. Roland Li,, "Selling the future of SoMa: New SF Flower Mart seeks tech tenants," 17 Oct. 2019 Ultimately, England's attacking firepower should prove too strong for their hosts, and the Three Lions will demonstrate that their recent loss was a minor blip on the road to qualification success., "Bulgaria vs England Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 13 Oct. 2019 Stinger scare and Houston blip aside, Mike Fiers has been one of the most consistent starters in baseball. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics win 90th, Sean Manaea and Jesús Luzardo could be a potential wild card one-two punch," 15 Sep. 2019 The dearth of English and Australian Test batsmen is probably a generational blip, akin to tennis’s lack of youngsters who can challenge Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. M.j., The Economist, "The Ashes will feature the weakest pair of cricket teams in decades," 31 July 2019 This winter is a blip on an otherwise bearish outlook that assumes the U.S. will be amply supplied over the next few years. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Natural Gas Is Getting More Expensive, and So Could Heating Bills," 14 Nov. 2018 A decade ago, Georgia was hardly a blip on most travelers’ radars, still reeling from the brief yet bloody Russo-Georgian War. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Ryanair's Cheap Flights to Georgia Will Change Travel to the Country," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first data ever transmitted over Arpanet, the precursor of the internet, blipped from a computer at the University of California, Los Angeles to one at the Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto on Oct. 29, 1969. Quanta Magazine, "To Invent a Quantum Internet," 1 Oct. 2019 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., "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000., "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000., "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000., "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 percent to 894,000., "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of blip


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2019

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“Blip.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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