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blip

1. A brief signal or flash of light on a screen. We were beginning to lose hope when a blip on the screen finally indicated the ship's position.
2. By extension, something that is brief and inconsequential. Come on, that was just a blip in an otherwise fun day—stop dwelling on it.

blip

(blɪp)
1. n. an intermittently appearing light on a radar screen. A blip caught the controller’s eye for an instant.
2. n. anything quick and insignificant; a onetime thing of little importance. It was nothing, just a blip. The press blew it out of proportion.
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HARRY KENNY admits Bray Wanderers have hit a blip in their pursuit of Europe this season.
Kenny said: "All clubs so far - with the exception of Cork - have had a blip. Dundalk have, Derry have, Shamrock Rovers have.
Goal is to identify influencing factors that determine whether a blip will lead to a stalling of the engine or not.
The figure displays a non-stalling throttle blip with a blip start position of 400 [degrees]ca aTDC.
Another definition describes a blip as a detectable HIV-1 RNA level (above 40 or 50 copies/mL but no more than 1000 copies/mL) occurring between 2 negative assays no more than 2 months apart.] Some experts have proposed the use of even lower viral load cutoffs such as 200 copies/mL, but this more stringent definition has not been widely adopted.
The most common definitions describe a blip as an episode of detectable viremia that falls between the lower limit of assay detection and 500 copies/mL or 1000 copies/mL and is preceded and followed by levels below the assay limit of quantification.
Whether this is a trend or a blip will unfold soon enough - there's a two-day OBS sale on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Fasig-Tipton's Florida juvenile auction takes place a fortnight tomorrow.
Commercial airlines support a user fee system based on the idea that "a blip is a blip is a blip" on the radar screen.
A blip on the flat line of corporate communication: I wanted to comment on Steve Crescenzo's great article "It's Time to Admit the Hard Truth: We're Not Photographers" ["Editor's Angle," CW, NovemberDecember 2005].
I just wanted to say that I saw Steve's article as a blip on the flat line of corporate communication.
Mourinho also has a word of advice for Fergie and his rival managers who claim Chelsea will have a blip during the forthcoming campaign.
"The typical speech given by rival managers last season was that we would have a blip.
A draw at Crystal Palace, a defeat to Portsmouth etc ( all put down to a blip.
The investigators defined a blip as a viral load greater than 50 copies/mL with a subsequent viral load less than 50 copies/mL in patients who had previously experienced an undetectable viral load after 24 weeks of anti-HIV therapy.
Because radar data tends to be equivocal-in a wide variety of circumstances, a blip is a blip is a blip-the great range and track capacity of the Aegis radar system on cruisers like the Vincennes exacerbates rather than diminishes uncertainty.