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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 These blips on the internet radar are just the beginning, however. Graeme Mcmillan, Wired, "While You Were Offline: Everyone Is Still Talking About the Iowa Caucus Debacle," 9 Feb. 2020 But that figure remains far lower than figures posted a few years ago — leading experts to believe a spike in the most serious of crimes was a blip. Megan Cassidy,, "New normal? After plunging homicide numbers, Bay Area levels remain low in 2019," 3 Jan. 2020 What some took as the start of the NFL’s demise has turned out to be nothing more than a temporary blip. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: All those predictions of the NFL's impending demise now seem quite silly," 14 Nov. 2019 That temporary blip should be reversed for this month's number. NBC News, "Economy added 128,000 jobs in October, beating expectations of 75,000," 1 Nov. 2019 Analysts had hoped that a slower April was just a temporary blip, and they were encouraged in that thinking by a rebound in Fastenal’s May sales data. Washington Post, "Here Come the Earnings Disappointments," 11 July 2019 But the terrible, no-good, very bad moment for Sanders ended up being just a blip., "With roughly 50 days before the Iowa Caucuses, Sanders is not only back, but he has the cleanest shot at the 2020 Democratic nomination.," 14 Dec. 2019 This may be just a blip on the way to new record highs, especially if a preliminary trade deal gets done. Matt Egan, CNN, "Market melt-up left stocks vulnerable to a sharp reversal," 2 Dec. 2019 Are the team's recent struggles a sign of things to come or just a blip in their turnaround? Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA power rankings: Phoenix Suns' impressive start derailed or just slowed by injuries?," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Kobe Bryant's death hits Xennial generation, who grew up with him," 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, "2020 Lexus LC 500h: Hybrid Grand Touring Coupe based on the GA-L platform architecture," 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, "Amateur Astronomer Locates India’s Moon Lander Crash Site," 5 Dec. 2019 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

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1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

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“Blip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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