- to rub lightly with or on a cloth, towel, paper, the hand, etc., in order to clean or dry the surface of: He wiped the furniture with a damp cloth.
- to rub or draw (something) over a surface, as in cleaning or drying.
- to remove by rubbing with or on something (usually followed by away, off, out, etc.): Wipe the dirt off your shoes. Wipe the dust from the pictures.
- to remove as if by rubbing (usually followed by away, off, etc.): Wipe that smile off your face!
- to erase, as from existence or memory (often followed by from): to wipe a thought from one's mind.
- 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.
- Machinery. (of a rotating shaft or the like) to melt the brasses of (a bearing) through friction.
- Australian Slang. to refuse to have anything to do with; reject; dismiss.
- an act of wiping: He gave a few quick wipes to the furniture.
- a rub, as of one thing over another.
- Also called wipe-off. Movies. a technique in film editing by which the projected image of a scene appears to be pushed or wiped off the screen by the image that follows.
- a piece of absorbent material, as of paper or cloth, used for wiping.
- a sweeping stroke or blow.
- a gibe.
- Machinery. wiper(def 5).
- Slang. a handkerchief.
- wipe out,
- 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 up, to clean completely by wiping: to wipe up the mess on the floor.
Origin of wipe
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Examples from the Web for wiping
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
“She walked around the cabin with her glass of wine, finishing the wine, then wiping off the glass,” Clark says.The Black Widow of Silicon Valley
July 14, 2014
A Colombian coffee plantation teaches a valuable lesson in the fight to keep a dreaded disease from wiping out our favorite brew.Will Coffee Rust Hurt Starbucks?
June 8, 2014
A housekeeper came out to buy some, wiping her hands on her apron.Mexico City’s Magical Moment of Resurgence
Condé Nast Traveler
February 10, 2014
In addition to wiping out extra tests, UWF wants to see more accommodations for female firefighters in firehouses.Bill De Blasio’s Diversity Opportunity
Mary Emily O’Hara
January 12, 2014
He made a brief gesture, like one wiping an obstacle out of the way.Way of the Lawless
As he spoke he was wiping his round head all over with a red silk handkerchief.Weighed and Wanting
Young Lady, who reads Dickens (wiping away the tear of imbecility).
"Later, Sir Oliver," answered the old soldier, wiping his grimed face.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Behind him, in a darkened room, a barkeeper was wiping the bar with a clean cloth.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- to rub (a surface or object) lightly, esp with (a cloth, hand, etc), as in removing dust, water, grime, etc
- (usually foll by off, away, from, up, etc) to remove by or as if by rubbing lightlyhe wiped the dirt from his hands
- to eradicate or cancel (a thought, memory, etc)
- to erase a recording from (an audio or video tape)
- Australian informal to abandon or reject (a person)
- to apply (oil, grease, etc) by wiping
- to form (a joint between two lead pipes) with solder or soft lead
- wipe the floor with someone informal to defeat someone decisively
- the act or an instance of wiping
- (in film editing) an effect causing the transition from one scene to the next in which the image of the first scene appears to be wiped off the screen by that of the second
- dialect a sweeping blow or stroke
- British dialect a gibe or jeer
- obsolete a slang name for handkerchief
Word Origin and History for wiping
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.).
Idioms and Phrases with wiping
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