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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And yet in a day full of storm watching, record-setting laps, odd penalties, rain and restarts, CGR's achievement was hardly a blip on the radar. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2022 The production was a rare blip for a Roadrunners unit that still ranks 10th nationally in rushing defense, allowing 101.7 yards per game. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Nov. 2021 If the Celtics win this series, the Game 6 loss will be remembered as a blip on the road to the Finals. Globe Staff,, 28 May 2022 The Warriors’ only blip during the season was a 4-3 loss to Southington. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 27 May 2022 The issue date told us that Marc must have survived the blip in Infinity War. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 May 2022 Bar a blip in 2020, one airport has been the world's busiest for passenger traffic throughout the whole of the 21st century. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 Yet there remain some optimistic signs that the latest increase in cases could end up being more of a blip than the start of a new surge. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Landon believes the 400 average will be more of a blip. Darcel Rockett,, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Earlier this year, the transponders that will blip data back to Earth were found to be faulty and had to be repaired. Quanta Magazine, 3 Dec. 2021 The little black and white boxes that blip into view are telemetry blocks – an artifact from compressing the image and sending it back down to Earth. Mike Wehner, BGR, 17 May 2021 Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says that inflation may blip up a bit, due to the economy’s reopening, then settle down. Larry Light, Forbes, 15 May 2021 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, 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, 6 Mar. 2020 Excluding defense, durable goods orders blipped up just 0.1%. Washington Post, 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, 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, 13 Dec. 2019 See More

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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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17 Jun 2022

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“Blip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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