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.
Origin of wipe
Synonyms for wipe
Origin of wiped-out
Related Words for wipeddry, obliterate, rub, mop, remove, wash, erase, clean, dust, sponge, clear, towel
Examples from the Web for wiped
Contemporary Examples of wiped
The folk memory of medieval community life had been wiped out by the industrial revolution.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Schmidt had arrived in California after his family had been wiped out by tuberculosis in his home state of Rhode Island.The Mole Man’s Tunnel to Nowhere
November 28, 2014
As the deadly virus swept through the region, entire families of farmers and harvesters were wiped out.Liberia’s Ebola Famine
Abby Haglage, Nina Strochlic
November 13, 2014
For the uninitiated, the film is set on a future Earth whose crops (save corn) have been wiped out by a mysterious blight.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
If the international community does not stand up, we will be wiped out.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of wiped
Whole tribes and clans were wiped out by hunger and cold and want.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
There was a little confusion as the books were closed and the pens were wiped.Brave and Bold
Not for worlds would he have wiped the blood from his knife until he had shown it to the camp.The Trail Book
Then he wiped the rein with his coat tail and looked at it admiringly.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
She raised her head from Silver's neck, where it had rested, and wiped her eyes.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Word Origin for wipe
Old English wipan, from Proto-Germanic *wipanan (cf. Danish vippe, Middle Dutch, Dutch vippen, Old High German wifan "to swing"), from PIE *weip- "to turn, vacillate, tremble" (cf. Latin vibrare "to shake;" see vibrate).
"disposable absorbent tissue," 1971, from wipe (v.).
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