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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: From the sound of a sudden light hit

blip

noun
     
Related topics: Colours and Sounds
blip [countable]
1CTPE a short high electronic sound, or a flashing light on the screen of a piece of electronic equipment:
blips on a radar screen
2 a short pause or change in a process or activity, especially when the situation gets worse for a while before it improves again:
A government spokesman described the rise in inflation as a temporary blip.

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