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: a trace on a display screen (such as an oscilloscope)
especially : a spot on a radar screen
: a short crisp sound
: an interruption of the sound received in a radio or television program or occurring in a recording as a result of blipping
: a transient sharp movement up or down (as of a quantity commonly shown on a graph)
: something relatively small or inconsequential within a larger context
made only a blip on the political scene


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blipped; blipping

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Every day, well over a hundred-times Baker’s own population of 422 people blazes by — often at very high speeds, sometimes intoxicated — and the rescuers in this little blip out their windows will be the ones who try to save them in a wreck. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 17 May 2024 This wasn’t a blip brought entirely on by the recent act of sabotage either. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune Europe, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for blip 

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Word History




First Known Use


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blip was in 1945

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“Blip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a spot on a screen
a radar blip

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