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 wiping
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.
“She walked around the cabin with her glass of wine, finishing the wine, then wiping off the glass,” Clark says.
A Colombian coffee plantation teaches a valuable lesson in the fight to keep a dreaded disease from wiping out our favorite brew.
A housekeeper came out to buy some, wiping her hands on her apron.
In addition to wiping out extra tests, UWF wants to see more accommodations for female firefighters in firehouses.
He knew then that the scoundrels were bent on wiping them out.In the Depths of the Dark Continent|Cornelius Shea
I shot a glance at Ferguson, to find him wiping his face with his handkerchief.The Kidnapped President|Guy Boothby
On her knees beside the bed, Maria Selva was wiping the sweat from his brow with a handkerchief.The Saint|Antonio Fogazzaro
With entire gravity Mr. Hunt presented his, and Polly, wiping her eyes and perspiring forehead, coolly retained the handkerchief.The Camp Fire Girls in After Years|Margaret Vandercook
"And Xuarez is a great man," scoffed Tim, wiping the blood from his face.The Harlequin Opal, Vol. 2 (of 3)|Fergus Hume
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