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beep

[beep] /bip/
noun
1.
a short, relatively high-pitched tone produced by a horn, electronic device, or the like as a signal, summons, or warning.
2.
one of the periodic signals sounded by a beeper.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make or emit such a sound:
When the timer beeps, take the cake out of the oven.
verb (used with object)
4.
to sound (a horn, warning signal, etc.):
impatient drivers beeping their horns.
5.
to announce, warn, summon, etc., by beeping:
The doctor was beeped to call the hospital.
Origin of beep
1925-1930
1925-30; imitative
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  • When Ives gives you the beep, jump out, run around the bows and plant your back against the hull directly opposite the port.

    Breaking Point James E. Gunn
  • I have beep steamboating forty years, and I know a little something about it.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • A proposal so atrocious had beep made, in the case of little William, at the very outset, and had met with but slight opposition.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • The scanner began to beep and Roger turned his attention to the screen.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • Now Beryl should have beep upstairs marking the new linen and she should93 not be singing as though she owned the whole world.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
  • The automatic finder searched around for the Ravenhurst tickler signal, found it, and sent out a beep along the same channel.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Adonis and all the other Sun lords were supposed to have beep born in a cave on 25th December.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
  • He looks as if he'd like to pinch everybody around, and slap 'em into the cooler, just to beep his hand in.

    Endurance Test Alan Douglas
  • "The beep's from the North Pole," the instrument man reported instantly.

    Thin Edge Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for beep

beep

/biːp/
noun
1.
a short high-pitched sound, esp one made by the horn of a car, bicycle, etc, or by electronic apparatus
verb
2.
to make or cause to make such a noise
Derived Forms
beeper, noun
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for beep
interj.

1927, imitative of automobile horns (originally of the sound of a certain type of automobile horn among several types in use in the years after the klaxon horn was brought into use c.1910). Used as a noun and verb by 1929. Related: Beeped; beeping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for beep

beep

noun

  1. : The car gave a few hearty beeps (1920s+)
  2. A usually high-pitched short burst of sound emitted by an electronic device on a satellite, rocket, telephone answering machine, etc: Please leave your message when you hear the beep (1950s+ Aerospace)

verb

  1. To sound the horn of a car (1920s+)
  2. To notify someone by a beep that attention or action is needed: So I called the doctor and they beeped him and he called me

[1970s+; echoic]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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beep in Technology
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Related Abbreviations for beep

beep

borough president
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