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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 The only blip was a late-season loss to Florence on a night when ALA was without five starters, including sophomore running back Aziya Jamison. Richard Obert, azcentral, "American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek bounces back from probation season to capture 3A football crown," 29 Nov. 2019 The only blip in the hearing came when it was briefly interrupted by a civil attorney for Kankakee city police officers involved in the federal civil suit, who tried to address the judge. Jeff Coen,, "An Illinois man spent two decades in prison for a murder he didn’t commit but ‘never gave up hope.’ A judge just declared him innocent.," 21 Nov. 2019 Such has been the excitement around Chelsea's young stars of late, the blip at home against Manchester United in midweek was something of a surprise., "Chelsea: The Starting XI That Frank Lampard Should Pick to Face Watford," 1 Nov. 2019 While his punishment was just 30 additional days in prison, a blip in a sentence that's lasted decades, the rules violation was a serious impediment to parole. George Osterkamp, CBS News, "Notorious Chowchilla bus kidnapper ran a gold mine and Christmas tree farm from prison," 11 Oct. 2019 In a game where his only blip was a strip-sack that led to a safety, Fields is starting to solidify himself as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Grading quarterback Justin Fields’ performance in Ohio State football’s blowout win over Miami," 22 Sep. 2019 Even when the objects generating a gravitational wave are as massive as neutron stars or large black holes, the blip’s effects are tiny—a distortion a thousandth of the width of a proton over the course of a 4km-long detector arm. The Economist, "Gravitational astronomy proves its maturity," 22 Aug. 2019 The blip is in Google Maps, which offers the ability to share your location with others. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, "The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps," 28 July 2019 The blip marred Mike Fiers’ solid return to Minute Maid Park. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Oakland A’s rally for victory over Houston Astros," 23 July 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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4 Dec 2019

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“Blip.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 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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