a person or thing that wipes.
the thing with which something is wiped, as a towel, handkerchief, or squeegee.
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

First recorded in 1545–50; wipe + -er1
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Examples from the Web for wiper

Historical Examples of wiper

  • Captain Smith said he knew him—the wiper—and that's what made me so green.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Lin cautioned "Al-f-u-r-d" to shun Cousin Charley as he would a "wiper."

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for 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
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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