- 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
1890–95, for an earlier sense; sound symbolism, with p for brevity and abrupt end of the impulse; bl- perhaps from blink
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- 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
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for blipping
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.
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