Pronunciation: (blip), [key]
n., v., blipped, blip•ping.

1. Also called pip. Electronics.
a. a spot of light on a radar screen indicating the position of a plane, submarine, or other object.
b. (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. Slang.a nickel; five cents.
6. Motion Pictures.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.

v.i. move or proceed in short, irregular, jerking movements: The stock market has blipped one point higher this week.

bleep (def. 5).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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