But America lives in blips of attention—focusing for a week here and a week there before moving onto something else.
Within seconds, the three blips met on the screen and fused into a single spot of light.
A couple of the blips were over the ocean way south of England and they were trying to contact them by radio to reorient them.
This prevented them from showing up as blips on the giant detector radarscope mounted on the main building.
Green streaks called "blips" marked the panel, each one indicating an asteroid.
The twenty odd crates, some of them taking up an orbital relationship with the vessel, were blips on the screen.
Carefully he scanned the sky and sea, watching the green-mottled screen for blips.
But the blips on the radarscope showed that the planes were coming steadily closer.
1894, in reference to a kind of popping sound, of echoic origin. Radar screen sense is from 1945. As a verb from 1924. Related: Blipped; blipping.
[most senses fr earlier blip, ''a sharp blow or twitch'']