- 1A short high-pitched sound made by an electronic device.More example sentences
- He's got the groove going and he paces his compilations like an expert DJ, but his blips and bleeps sound awfully derivative.
- Previous emphasis on speed is now being replaced by ambience laced with moments of electronic blips and beeps, free jazz, noise, no wave and tinges of psychedelia.
- Beeps, blips and pings are the everyday sounds that we live with, thanks to our push-button gizmos and fast-paced lifestyle.
- 2A flashing point of light on a radar screen representing an object, typically accompanied by a high-pitched sound.More example sentences
- A bunch of ‘wacky’ characters watch blips on a radar screen.
- In the darkened operations room below decks, grey overalled officers and sailors watched an approaching blip on their radar screens.
- They watch the blips on the screen representing the planes break into two and fly off.
- 3An unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend: an upward blip in house pricesMore example sentences
- The drop last year is likely to be a small blip in a general upward trend.
- They're just a minor blip in the general scheme of things.
- You are looking for general, overall upward trends, not short-term blips.
verb (blips, blipping, blipped)Back to top
- 1 [no object] (Of an electronic device) make a short high-pitched sound or succession of sounds.More example sentences
- At the touch of a button one of the blank monitors blipped to life, displaying a scene that was being picked up by a hidden remote camera.
- Fade up to a hospital room, greying white walls, a single bed with a little table beside it and a large TV set in the corner, a cardiac monitor blipping away quietly.
- Entering her apartment, Kayleigh saw the answering machine light blipping.
- 2 [with object] Open (the throttle of a motor vehicle) momentarily.More example sentences
- You can't even stall it, as the car can cruise round town in sixth gear from just 500 revs and will blip the throttle for you.
- But the Aston version is not only quick and jerk free on up-changes; it beautifully blips the throttle on down shifts too.
- Clipping the throttle at idle often produced a gap in response before the motor picked up.
late 19th century (denoting a sudden rap or tap): imitative; the noun sense 'unexpected deviation' dates from the 1970s.
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