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 Eight years in the Senate, where lawmakers often serve for decades, is a blip, and as a relatively junior senator, Warren has never had an influential committee gavel of her own. Amanda Becker, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 Telehealth visits went from a tiny blip to more than half of all doctor visits at the height of the pandemic. Ann Kirschner, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Today is really the only blip in an otherwise pretty terrific weather week. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 The news of June 16 didn’t even create a blip in the United States. Brad Taylor, National Review, 25 Aug. 2021 Raybin asked the judge to exclude all video evidence because of additional footage that the defense argued could have shown a key, unseen blip in the chase, but was not retained in the investigation. Jonathan Mattise, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Earth circles its own star as dutifully as all those exoplanets do, and alien astronomers, if any existed, could theoretically detect the presence of our planet in the slight dimming of our sun, a blip in the data. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 23 June 2021 But 13-time French Open champion Nadal took eight games in a row and, after a blip in the second set, resumed his excellent play and closed his 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 win on another eight-game run. BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2021 Whether the incident becomes a minor blip in the long season remains to be seen, but on Saturday both players appeared to have moved on. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 6 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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, 5 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“Blip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blip. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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