- a lever or handle
- a hard, sweeping blow
- Informal a sweeping motion, as in wiping: give the table a swipe with a rag
- Informal a groom for horses, esp. at a racetrack
- the act or an instance of swiping a magnetically encoded card
Origin of swipeprobably variant, variety of sweep
transitive verbswiped, swip′ing
- to hit with a hard, sweeping blow
- to wipe (a rag, cloth, etc.) over (a surface) 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 of swipe< ? ON svipa, to whip, make a swift motion, akin to swoop
- A sweeping blow or stroke.
- The passing of a swipe card through an electronic reader.
- Informal A critical remark.
- A lever, especially one that raises the bucket in a well.
verbswiped, swip·ing, swipes
- To hit with a sweeping motion.
- To pass (a swipe card) through an electronic reader.
- Informal To steal; filch. See Synonyms at steal.
Origin of swipePerhaps variant of sweep
(third-person singular simple present swipes, present participle swiping, simple past and past participle swiped)
(countable and uncountable, plural swipes)
- (countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
- (countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
- (countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
- Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
- (uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
swipe - Computer Definition
(1) Sliding a finger or stylus across a touchscreen to scroll or move items around. Swiping, along with tapping, replaced mouse movement on a tablet and smartphone, although Bluetooth mice are also used with tablets. See multitouch.
(2) (Swype) A unique touchscreen keyboard. See Swype.
(3) To pass an ID or credit card with a magnetic stripe through a reader. See magnetic stripe.