Definition of blip in English:


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Pronunciation: /blɪp


1An unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend: the Chancellor dismissed rising inflation as a blip
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  • 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.
2A very short high-pitched sound made by an electronic device: computer games can drive you crazy with their blips and bleeps
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  • 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.
2.1A small flashing point of light on a radar screen representing an object: air traffic controllers watching the blips on their radars
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  • 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.

verb (blips, blipping, blipped)

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1 [no object] (Of an electronic device) make a very short high-pitched sound or succession of sounds: big boxes of esoteric electronics hummed and blipped
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  • 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: he straddled the bike and blipped the throttle
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  • 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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