BLIPS

blip

[blip]
noun
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.
Movies. 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.
verb (used without object), blipped, blipping.
8.
Informal. to move or proceed in short, irregular, jerking movements: The stock market has blipped one point higher this week.
verb (used with object), blipped, blipping.
9.
bleep ( def 5 ).

Origin:
1890–95, for an earlier sense; sound symbolism, with p for brevity and abrupt end of the impulse; bl- perhaps from blink

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blip (blɪp)
 
n
1.  a repetitive sound, such as that produced by an electronic device, by dripping water, etc
2.  Also called: pip the spot of light or a sharply peaked pulse on a radar screen indicating the position of an object
3.  a temporary irregularity recorded in performance of something
 
vb , blips, blipping, blipped
4.  (intr) to produce such a noise
 
[C20: of imitative origin]

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blip
1894, of echoic origin. Radar screen sense is from 1945.
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BLIPS
Benthic Layer Interactive Profiling System
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