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)

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.

Words that rhyme with blip

chip, clip, dip, drip, equip, flip, grip, gyp, hip, kip, lip, nip, outstrip, pip, quip, rip, scrip, ship, sip, skip, slip, snip, strip, tip, toodle-pip, trip, whip, yip, zip

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