- Also called pip. Electronics.
- a spot of light on a radar screen indicating the position of a plane, submarine, or other object.
- (loosely) any small spot of light on a display screen.
- a brief upturn, as in revenue or income: The midwinter blip was no cause for optimism among store owners.
- anything small, as in amount or number: a blip of light; Those opposed were merely a blip in the opinion polls.
- bleep(def 3).
- Slang. a nickel; five cents.
- Movies. a mark of synchronization on a sound track.
- a small or brief interruption, as in the continuity of a motion-picture film or the supply of light or electricity: There were blips in the TV film where the commercials had been edited out.
- Informal. to move or proceed in short, irregular, jerking movements: The stock market has blipped one point higher this week.
Origin of blip
Examples from the Web for blip
The next day, Gawker, InTouch, and other U.S. outlets picked up the story, but the Cosby story was still only a blip on Twitter.How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account
December 1, 2014
Was the increased Latino support for Republicans a blip or trend line?Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
November 11, 2014
Can anyone show the “blip” where PEDs are supposed to have helped Alex Rodriguez?In Defense of A-Roid
September 5, 2014
The early scandal, but really it was a blip of gossip with half-hearted twangs, was that Sonja had a younger beau.Betrayal, Blowjobs, and Bitchery: the 'Real Housewives' Get Really Desperate
March 12, 2014
The passenger-rail behemoth sucks up more taxpayer dollars than ever, and its ridership gains are merely a blip.Amtrak Is a Tax-Sucking Behemoth That Deserves to Die
November 23, 2013
There was the blip of the leading ship, the "point" of the formation.Talents, Incorporated
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
"Picked up a blip on the radar, Captain," replied the radar officer.On the Trail of the Space Pirates
When we find it, the blip on the scope will stand out very plainly.The Golden Skull
Let me know the minute you get a blip, because it probably will be that Consops cruiser.Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet
Harold Leland Goodwin
He sat at the main screen, and studied the blip, making tiny crayon marks.Greylorn
John Keith Laumer
- a repetitive sound, such as that produced by an electronic device, by dripping water, etc
- Also called: pip the spot of light or a sharply peaked pulse on a radar screen indicating the position of an object
- a temporary irregularity recorded in performance of something
- (intr) to produce such a noise
Word Origin and History for blip
1894, in reference to a kind of popping sound, of echoic origin. Radar screen sense is from 1945. As a verb from 1924. Related: Blipped; blipping.