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.
verb (used without object), blipped, blipping.
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.
bleep ( def 5 ).

1890–95, for an earlier sense; sound symbolism, with p for brevity and abrupt end of the impulse; bl- perhaps from blink Unabridged
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blip (blɪp)
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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Word Origin & History

1894, of echoic origin. Radar screen sense is from 1945.
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Example sentences
At this point it's impossible to say whether this working paper will be
  anything other than a blip in the scholarly literature.
Sometimes, the weird blip would disappear, in which case the problem was solved.
More remarkable, though, is that this unprecedented change is not a blip but a
New official forecasts make clear that the spring slowdown was no blip.
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