verb (used with object), wiped, wip·ing.
- to erase (magnetic tape, a recording, etc.)
- to delete the entire contents and settings of (a digital storage device, mobile device, etc.):She remotely wiped her computer after it was stolen.
- to apply (solder in a semifluid state) by spreading with leather or cloth over the part to be soldered.
- to form (a joint) in this manner.
- to destroy completely; demolish: The entire city was wiped out.
- Informal.to murder; kill: They wiped him out to keep him from testifying.
- Slang.to beat decisively, as in sports.
- Slang.(in sports) to be taken out of competition by a fall, accident, collision, etc.
- Slang.to intoxicate or cause to become high, especially on narcotic drugs.
- wipe off the map,
- wipe out,
- wipe the slate clean,
Origin of wipe
Examples from the Web for wipe
As Kate was driven away, she appeared to wipe a tear from her eye.Tearful Kate Weeps After Meeting Mother Whose Baby Died|Tom Sykes|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some locations even employ chlorine mats that service members are required to wipe their feet on in order to enter.U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training|Tim Mak|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An agent insisted they proceed anyway and she asked to go to the bathroom, apparently to wipe the stuff off her hands.
In the winter, they can shield drivers from the annoyance of having to wipe snow and ice off their windshields.
The trucking roads make it easier for predators to wipe out prey.
As the Doctor walked homeward he put his hand into his pocket for a handkerchief to wipe his brow, and discovered a paper.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty|J. W. de Forest
My eyes followed him till they swam with rising tears, and I could not wipe them away, as my hands were fettered.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune|Charles James Lever
Wipe and split two large pork tenderloins in halves lengthwise; sprinkle with salt, pepper and dredge with flour.Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners|Elizabeth O. Hiller
Mr. Packard, removing his Stetson to wipe his brow, shook his head.Meg of Mystery Mountain|Grace May North
She had put one hand through Anna's arm, and with the other began to wipe her eyes.The Benefactress|Elizabeth Beauchamp
Word Origin for wipe
In addition to the idioms beginning with wipe
- wipe off the map
- wipe out
- wipe the slate clean
- mop up (wipe) the floor with
- settle (wipe out) an old score