swipe definition by Webster's New World
- a lever or handle
- a hard, sweeping blow
- a sweeping motion: give the table a swipe with a rag
- Informal a groom for horses, esp. at a racetrack
Origin: probably variant, variety of sweep
- to hit with a hard, sweeping blow
- to wipe with a sweeping motion
- ☆ Slang to steal; pilfer
- to pass (a credit card or other magnetically encoded card) across or through an electronic device that reads it
Origin: < ? ON svipa, to whip, make a swift motion, akin to swoop
swipe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A sweeping blow or stroke.
- Informal A critical remark.
- A lever, especially one that raises the bucket in a well.
- To hit with a sweeping motion.
- To pass (a swipe card) through an electronic reader.
- Informal To steal; filch. See Synonyms at steal.
Origin: Perhaps variant of sweep.
swipe - Computer Definition
(1) Sliding a finger or stylus across a touch screen to scroll or move items around. Swiping and tapping the screen replace mouse movement on a tablet or smartphone. However, a Bluetooth mouse can be employed with a tablet, which in some cases makes it easier to use. See multitouch.
(2) A unique touch-screen keyboard method. See Swype.
(3) To pass an ID or credit card with a magnetic stripe through a reader. See magnetic stripe.