Meaning of blip


Pronunciation: (blip), [key]
— n., v., blipped, blip•ping.
  1. Also called
    1. a spot of light on a radar screen indicating the position of a plane, submarine, or other object.
    2. (loosely) any small spot of light on a display screen.
  2. a brief upturn, as in revenue or income: The midwinter blip was no cause for optimism among store owners.
  3. anything small, as in amount or number: a blip of light; Those opposed were merely a blip in the opinion polls.
  4. bleep (def. 3).
  5. a nickel; five cents.
  6. a mark of synchronization on a sound track.
  7. 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.
  1. to move or proceed in short, irregular, jerking movements: The stock market has blipped one point higher this week.
  1. bleep (def. 5).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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