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1. A spot of light on a radar or sonar screen indicating the position of a detected object, such as an aircraft or a submarine. Also called pip3.
2. A high-pitched electronic sound; a bleep.
3. A transient sharp upward or downward movement, as on a graph.
4. A temporary or insignificant phenomenon, especially a brief departure from the normal: "The decline in the share of GNP going to health ... appears to be a one-time blip in the historic trend rather than the start of a new trend" (Atlantic).
tr.v. blipped, blip·ping, blips
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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. (Music, other) a temporary irregularity recorded in performance of something
vb, blips, blipping or blipped
(intr) to produce such a noise
[C20: of imitative origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., v. blipped, blip•ping. n.
a. a spot of light on a radar screen indicating the position of an object, as a plane.
b. any small spot of light on a display screen.
2. a brief interruption, as in the continuity of a recorded sound or a motion-picture film.
3. a brief upturn, as in revenue.
5. to move or proceed in short, erratic movements.v.t.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
The luminous image of an object on a visual display.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Past participle: blipped
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|Noun||1.||blip - a sudden minor shock or meaningless interruption; "the market had one bad blip today"; "you can't react to the day-to-day blips"; "renewed jitters in the wake of a blip in retail sales"|
|2.||blip - a radar echo displayed so as to show the position of a reflecting surface|
radar echo - an electronic signal that has been reflected back to the radar antenna; contains information about the location and distance of the reflecting object
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1. = bleep
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(on radar) → spot m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
blip[blɪp] n (on radar etc) → segnale m intermittente; (on graph) → piccola variazione (fig) → momentanea battuta d'arresto
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