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Wipe \Wipe\, n. [Cf. Sw. vipa, Dan. vibe, the lapwing.] (Zool.) The lapwing. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
Wipe \Wipe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wiped; p. pr. & vb. n. Wiping.] [OE. vipen, AS. w[imac]pian; cf. LG. wiep a wisp of straw, Sw. vepa to wrap up, to cuddle one's self up, vepa a blanket; perhaps akin to E. whip.] [1913 Webster]
To rub with something soft for cleaning; to clean or dry by rubbing; as, to wipe the hands or face with a towel. [1913 Webster] Let me wipe thy face. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. --2 Kings xxi.
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To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; -- usually followed by away, off or out. Also used figuratively. "To wipe out our ingratitude." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To cheat; to defraud; to trick; -- usually followed by out. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] If they by coveyne [covin] or gile be wiped beside their goods. --Robynson (More's Utopia) [1913 Webster] To wipe a joint (Plumbing), to make a joint, as between pieces of lead pipe, by surrounding the junction with a mass of solder, applied in a plastic condition by means of a rag with which the solder is shaped by rubbing. To wipe the nose of, to cheat. [Old Slang] [1913 Webster]
Wipe \Wipe\, n.
Act of rubbing, esp. in order to clean. [1913 Webster]
A blow; a stroke; a hit; a swipe. [Low] [1913 Webster]
A gibe; a jeer; a severe sarcasm. --Swift. [1913 Webster]
A handkerchief. [Thieves' Cant or Slang] [1913 Webster]
Stain; brand. [Obs.] "Slavish wipe." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wipe n : the act of rubbing or wiping; "he gave the hood a quick rub" [syn: rub] v : rub with a circular motion; "wipe the blackboard" [syn: pass over]






  1. To move an object over, maintaining contact, with the intention of removing some substance from the surface. (cf. rub)
    I wiped my glasses with my shirt.
    I wiped the sweat from my brow with the back of my hand.
  2. transitive computing To erase.
    I accidentally wiped my hard drive.


removing surface substance
erasing a computer disk


  1. A soft piece of cloth or cloth-like material used for wiping.


Derived terms

Wipe has several meanings:
  • Wiping, a process in which old television and radio recordings were overwritten, erased, or destroyed
  • Wipe (transition), a gradual transition in film editing
  • Total Party Kill, in roleplaying games, when an entire group is killed by hostile units
  • File wiping, purging a computer file to counter data remanence
wipe in Czech: Wipe
wipe in German: Wipe
wipe in Russian: Вайп
wipe in Swedish: Wipe
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