Blips



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.
bleep (def 5).
Contemporary Examples

Buzz Bissinger: Ban Penn State Football! Buzz Bissinger July 12, 2012

Historical Examples

Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung Victor Appleton
The Biography of a Rabbit Roy Benson
Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung Victor Appleton
Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet Harold Leland Goodwin
Spillthrough Daniel F. Galouye
Way of a Rebel Walter M. Miller
Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X Victor Appleton

noun
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
verb blips, blipping, blipped
(intransitive) to produce such a noise
n.

Excellent; very good (1930s+ Jive talk)
hip (1950s+ Cool talk)

A luminous signal on a radar screen: Birds can cause blips on radar screens (1940s+)
A rapid increase and decrease; quick peaking: The bond bulls argue that commodities’ rally is a blip/ despite temporary blips up and down (1980s+)

To encroach upon, as one aircraft’s image on a radar screen might enter the territory of another aircraft: Cartridge-makers blip into Atari’s airspace, attracted by the enormous profit potential (1980s+)
To censor a taped word or passage by erasing it electronically from the tape and substituting a ”bleep”: Occasionally Mr Carson’s lines are ”blipped” (1960s+)

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