- a person or thing that wipes.
- the thing with which something is wiped, as a towel, handkerchief, or squeegee.
- windshield wiper.
- Electricity. the portion of a selector or other similar device that makes contact with the terminals of a bank.
- Also wipe. Machinery. a projection or partial cam, as on a rotating shaft, moving to lift or dislodge another part, especially so as to let it drop when released.
Origin of wiper
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Examples from the Web for wiper
Captain Smith said he knew him—the wiper—and that's what made me so green.Night and Morning, Complete
Lin cautioned "Al-f-u-r-d" to shun Cousin Charley as he would a "wiper."Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Supporting the pipes in this way will allow the wiper perfect freedom.
The wiper is cautioned to move the ladle constantly while dropping the solder.
The bib is laid on an angle of 45° pointing away from the wiper.
- any piece of cloth, such as a handkerchief, towel, etc, used for wiping
- a cam rotated to ease a part and allow it to fall under its own weight, as used in stamping machines, etc
- See windscreen wiper
- electrical engineering a movable conducting arm, esp one in a switching or selecting device, that makes contact with a row or ring of contacts
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