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

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 Unintended consequences might not surface for several years, meaning a tiny blip could have far-reaching consequences. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "China Takes Steps Against Scientist Who Engineered Gene-Edited Babies," 21 Jan. 2019 One blip in the process was a pre-tour graffiti clean-up blitz that mistakenly destroyed a piece of wall art by French street artist Blek le Rat on a building in the Logan Square area. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon's second headquarters search hits crunch time; one group warns 'it's a race to the bottom'," 2 Apr. 2018 Registering as a blip was a two-run shot by Jose Pirela in the bottom of the fourth. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ervin Santana pitches complete game, beats Padres," 2 Aug. 2017 As Refinery 29 pointed out, people are thrilled that Buttigieg speaks Norwegian (good for him!), but the fact that Gillibrand speaks Mandarin is barely a blip in the news. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Female Presidential Candidates Are Still Overlooked," 18 Apr. 2019 Raden may be a blip in the greater history of startup failure, but the experience was traumatic for Udashkin, and one that he’s still working through in therapy. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 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

Noun

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bliss

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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