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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
blip
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
temporary
▪ The tiny athlete believes her rare lapse in Tokyo was just a temporary blip in a career of major championship success.
▪ Again, we must focus on structural, ongoing deficits, rather than temporary blips that naturally accompany recessions.
▪ You will recognise them for no more or less than temporary blips on a radar screen of satisfaction.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Except for the blip this month, unemployment has continued to fall this year.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A dozen flying machines and their pilots would be no more than a blip on a piece of magnetic tape.
▪ Conference-goers, though, brushed aside the news as a blip on the political radar screen.
▪ Most significant for Ipswich, though, is that they seem to have come out of their winter blip relatively unscathed.
▪ Perhaps the increase in inflation in recent months is merely a blip?
▪ Some scholars say it will be regarded as only the slightest of blips on the radar screen of history.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
blip

blip \blip\ n.

  1. (Radar) a spot of light on a radar screen, showing the position of a reflecting surface, such as an airplane or ship.

    Note: this sense is also used metaphorically to mean a barely perceptible object;, Kennedy's candidacy was a mere blip on Humphrey's radar screen until he won the West Virginia primary. This is the probably origin of sense 3.

    Syn: radar echo, radar target.

  2. a short upward or downward deviation from a trend line on a graph, especially in a plot of some variable, such as an economic variable, against time; as, a brief blip upward in the unemployment rate.

  3. something small or insignificant.

  4. a brief interruption in the continuity of a recorded or transmitted signal; as, there is a blip on my CD of Beethoven's ninth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.

Wiktionary
blip

n. 1 A small dot registered on electronic equipment, such as a radar or oscilloscope screen. 2 A short sound of a single pitch, usually electronically generated. 3 (context after definition 1 English) A brief and usually minor aberration or deviation from what is expected or normal. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To skip over or ignore (with ''out''). 2 (context intransitive English) To change state abruptly, such as between off and on or dark and light, sometimes implying motion.

WordNet
blip
  1. n. a sudden minor shock or meaningless interruption; "the market had one bad blip today"; "you can't react to the day-to-day blips"; "renewed jitters in the wake of a blip in retail sales"

  2. a radar echo displayed so as to show the position of a reflecting surface [syn: pip, radar target]

  3. [also: blipping, blipped]

Wikipedia
Blip (website)

Blip (formerly blip.tv) was a media platform for web series content and also offered a dashboard for producers of original web series to distribute and monetize their productions. The company was founded on May 5, 2005, and it was located in New York City (where the headquarters was based) and Los Angeles. It was financed by Bain Capital Ventures, Canaan Partners, and Ambient Sound Investments. Blip’s mission statement was “to deliver the best original web series to audiences across multiple platforms.” The site showcased a wide variety of dramas, comedies, arts, sports and other shows. Blip was acquired by Maker Studios in 2013, and shut down by them on August 20, 2015. It is in the process of bringing many of its former content producers to a new website, maker.tv.

Blip

Blip may refer to:

  • Beta-lactamase inhibitor protein
  • Blip (website), a defunct web video platform
  • Blip.pl, a Polish social networking site
  • Blip, a message in the Apache Wave (formerly Google Wave) collaboration platform
  • Blip Festival, an annual chiptune music event
  • Blip, a radar display indicator of a reflected signal
  • Blip (game), a handheld electromechanical game from the 1970s

Blips may refer to:

  • BLIPS, a type of illegal tax shelter
  • Blips (TV series), a children's show in the UK
  • Blips, a series of animated shorts accompanying the Radiohead album Kid A
Blip (internet)

A blip is an onomatopoeic English noun used to refer a small dot registered on electronic equipment, such as radar or oscilloscope screens, or an electronically generated single-pitch sound. Alternatively, it has now entered usage as a short status update posted to any social networking website on the Internet.

Blip (game)

Blip was a hand-held electro-mechanical game marketed by Tomy starting in 1977. The game was a simulator of games like tennis, ping-pong, and Atari's video game Pong.

Usage examples of "blip".

Corporal Hart relinquished his seat to the azimuth tracker, who promptly speared the oncoming blip with her electronic pin.

He twirled a knob, sending a bright blip representing Major Savage with the artillery racing diagonally from Astoria to Hillyer Gap, while the main force of the regiment continued up the Columbia, then turned east to the mountains, covering two legs of a triangle.

He twirled a knob, sending a bright blip representing Major Savage with the artillery racing diagonally from Astoria to Hillyer Gap while the main force of the Regiment continued up the Columbia, then turned east to the mountains, covering two legs of a triangle.

And he was less mocking about the security situation here, knowing that it had not been a computer error or a goofball or a police blip.

And, on his regular morning visit to the seismograph shack three days later, he finally found the reason for his worry: There was a blip in that lower graph line where before there had been none.

 Ahead, beginning its swing around Barbas, was a Naxid heavy squadron, featuring a suspiciously large blip that Sula suspected was the enemy flagshipMajesty of the Praxis .

The separation between the blips closed to a few millimetres, then to a hairsbreadth spacing which seemed to endure for an eternity.

Centering the targeting pipper on his tactical screen over one of the blips marking an enemy aircraft, he acquired a lock.

Then she began maneuvering, using short bursts, as she remembered someone telling her, trying to work away from the thickest clumps of blips.

May 1952, when eagle-like Altair was flying toward the apex of the heavens, a radar watcher just south of the battle line detected a blip which had to be an airplane of some sort coming south toward the huge gasoline dump at Inchon.

I could see the barely larger blips that were the four Star-class Lothar battlewagons in their major compass-point positions.

The shuttle blinked out of Beamspace just long enough to send out a radar pulse and get the blips back, then popped back into Beamspace.

The wall facing the bed suddenly blipped to life like a projector shone on it.

It blipped, coming on, and a man in burgundy robes held his hands out in a welcoming gesture.

Janet pictured a trillion particles of an African monkey brain virus blipping about in her veins like toxic soda water bubbles.