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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


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 Scientists used to eyeball the region that a blip on a measurement tool was coming from, but as modern experiments collect an increasing amount of data, a digital tool for pinpointing a signal’s source became vital, Ng says in a statement. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Created a 3-D Map of 100 Million Cells in the Mouse Brain," 13 May 2020 Has streaming volume really peaked in the U.S., though, or is the current growth freeze just a blip? Will Page, Billboard, "Streaming Is Stalling: Can Music Keep Up in the Attention Economy?," 16 Dec. 2020 Bevo would have been just a blip in the university’s history if not for the editor who covered the school’s 21-7 victory over A&M for UT’s Alcalde alumni magazine. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "How UT’s Famous Longhorn Mascot Got His Name," 3 Dec. 2020 Does this mean that the Covid-19 contraction was only a blip and then things will get back to the pre-pandemic path soon? Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "When will India’s economy show the green shoots of recovery?," 30 Nov. 2020 The series is a small blip in their long lives together as high-achieving doctors and parents of four children. NBC News, "Dr. Nancy Lipsitz: This is what medical school DOESN'T teach women about family and career," 20 Nov. 2020 That could be the biggest determining factor on whether this will be just a one week blip or the start of a bad trend for the SEC. John Talty |, al, "Are the SEC’s postponements the start of a bad trend?," 11 Nov. 2020 During a blip in time in the late Jurassic, a dinosaur that weighed no more than a chinchilla flung itself from tree to tree, spread its wings and tried to soar. Sabrina Imbler New York Times, Star Tribune, "These Winged Dinosaurs Hurtled Through the Trees like Haywire Hang Gliders," 8 Nov. 2020 But 24 years ago Tuesday, Bryant was just a blip in the box score. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Kobe Bryant’s NBA career got off to a lackluster start 24 years ago today," 3 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’ Saw Massive Dip in Female Film Representation," 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, "Dixie Chicks’ Fiery Return, and 10 More New Songs," 6 Mar. 2020 Excluding defense, durable goods orders blipped up just 0.1%. Washington Post, "US durable goods orders rebound in October, rising 0.6%," 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, "Kobe Bryant's death hits Xennial generation, who grew up with him," 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, "2020 Lexus LC 500h: Hybrid Grand Touring Coupe based on the GA-L platform architecture," 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, "Amateur Astronomer Locates India’s Moon Lander Crash Site," 5 Dec. 2019 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

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1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2021

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“Blip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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