from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To subject to light rubbing or friction, as with a cloth or paper, in order to clean or dry.
  • transitive v. To clean or dry by rubbing: wiped my feet before I went inside.
  • transitive v. To rub, move, or pass (a cloth, for example) over a surface.
  • transitive v. To remove by or as if by rubbing: wipe off dirt; wipe away grease.
  • transitive v. To blot out completely, as from the memory.
  • transitive v. To spread or apply by or as if by wiping: wiped furniture polish over the table.
  • transitive v. To form (a joint) in plumbing by spreading solder with a piece of cloth or leather.
  • n. The act or an instance of wiping.
  • n. Something, such as a towel or tissue, used for wiping.
  • n. A cam that activates another part; a wiper.
  • n. A blow or swipe.
  • n. Informal A jeer; a gibe.
  • n. A transition from one scene in a film or movie to another, effected by means of a line passing across the screen.
  • wipe out To destroy or be destroyed completely.
  • wipe out Slang To murder.
  • wipe out Sports To lose one's balance and fall, as when skiing or surfing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move an object over, maintaining contact, with the intention of removing some substance from the surface. (cf. rub)
  • v. To erase.
  • n. A soft piece of cloth or cloth-like material used for wiping.
  • n. A kind of film transition where one shot replaces another by travelling from one side of the frame to another or with a special shape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The lapwing.
  • n. Act of rubbing, esp. in order to clean.
  • n. A blow; a stroke; a hit; a swipe.
  • n. A gibe; a jeer; a severe sarcasm.
  • n. A handkerchief.
  • n. Stain; brand.
  • transitive v. To rub with something soft for cleaning; to clean or dry by rubbing.
  • transitive v. To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; -- usually followed by away, off or out. Also used figuratively.
  • transitive v. To cheat; to defraud; to trick; -- usually followed by out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rub or stroke with or on something, especially a soft cloth, for cleaning; clean or dry by gently rubbing, as with a towel.
  • To remove by or as by gently rubbing with or on something, especially a cloth; hence, with away, off, or out, to remove, efface, or obliterate.
  • Figuratively, to cleanse, as from evil practices or abuses; clear, as of disadvantage or superfluity.
  • To cheat; defraud; trick.
  • To stroke or strike gently; tap.
  • To beat; chastise.
  • In plumbing, to apply (solder) without the use of a soldering-iron, by allowing the solder to cool into a semi-fluid condition, and then applying it by wiping it over the part to be soldered by the use of a pad of leather or cloth. See wiping, 2.
  • To make strokes with a rubbing or sweeping motion.
  • n. The act or process of wiping clean or dry; a sweeping stroke of one thing over another; a rub; a brush.
  • n. A quick or hard stroke; a blow, literally or figuratively; a cut: now regarded as slang.
  • n. The mark of a blow or wound; a scar; a brand.
  • n. Something used in wiping; specifically, a handkerchief.
  • n. plural A fence of brushwood.
  • n. Same as wiper, 3.
  • n. Same as weep.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of rubbing or wiping
  • v. rub with a circular motion


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English wipen, from Old English wīpian; see weip- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English wipen, from Old English wīpian ("to wipe, rub, cleanse"), from Proto-Germanic *wīpōnan (“to wipe”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)weib-, *(s)weip- (“to twist, wind around”). Cognate with German wippen ("to bob"), Swedish veva ("to turn, wind, crank"), Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍀𐌰𐌽 (weipan, "to wreathe, crown"), Old English swīfan ("to revolve, sweep, wend, intervene"). More at swivel, swift.


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