- to rub or pass over with a cloth, mop, etc., as for cleaning or drying
- to clean or dry in this manner: wipe the dishes
- to rub or pass (a cloth, the hand, etc.) over something
- to apply by wiping: wipe oil over the surface
- to remove by or as by wiping: with away, off, up, out
Origin of wipeMiddle English wipen ; from Old English wipian, akin to Old High German w?fan, to wind around ; from Indo-European an unverified form weib-, to turn, twist, turning motion: see vibrate
- an act or instance of wiping
- something used for wiping; specif., a disposable tissue or towel, typically of pre-moistened paper or cloth and variously designed for cleansing the skin, cleaning eyeglasses, etc.
- a transitional editing effect in which one scene appears to replace another as by gradually moving it across the frame
- a blow; swipe
- a gibe; jeer
- to remove; erase
- to kill off
- to destroy or demolish
- to be capsized by a wave in surfing
- to slip and fall, lose control and skid, etc.
- ⌂ to suffer an overwhelming defeat, ruinous failure, etc.
- ⌂ Informal to make emotionally or physically drained or exhausted
transitive verbwiped, wip·ing, wipes
- a. To subject to light rubbing or friction, as with a cloth or paper, in order to clean or dry.b. To clean or dry by rubbing: wiped my feet before I went inside.c. To rub, move, or pass (a cloth, for example) over a surface.
- a. To remove by or as if by rubbing: wipe off dirt; wipe away grease.b. To blot out completely, as from the memory.
- a. To spread or apply by or as if by wiping: wiped furniture polish over the table.b. To form (a joint) in plumbing by spreading solder with a piece of cloth or leather.
- The act or an instance of wiping.
- Something, such as a towel or tissue, used for wiping.
- A cam that activates another part; a wiper.
- a. A blow or swipe.b. Informal A jeer; a gibe.
- A transition from one scene in a film or movie to another, effected by means of a line passing across the screen.
Origin of wipeMiddle English wipen, from Old English w&imacron;pian; see weip- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wipes, present participle wiping, simple past and past participle wiped)
- To move an object over, maintaining contact, with the intention of removing some substance from the surface. (cf. rub)
- Melissa wiped her glasses with her shirt.
- I wiped the sweat from my brow with the back of my hand.
- Tom started to wipe his eyes.
- To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; usually followed by away, off, or out.
- (computing) To erase.
- I accidentally wiped my hard drive.
From Middle English wipen, from Old English wÄ«pian (“to wipe, rub, cleanse"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«pÅnÄ… (“to wipe"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)weib-, *(s)weip- (“to twist, wind around"). Cognate with German wippen (“to bob"), Swedish veva (“to turn, wind, crank"), Gothic ð…ðŒ´ðŒ¹ð€ðŒ°ðŒ½ (weipan, “to wreathe, crown"), Old English swÄ«fan (“to revolve, sweep, wend, intervene"). More at swivel, swift.
- The lapwing.
wipe - Computer Definition
(1) To completely erase data from memory (RAM) or a storage device (hard disk, SSD). See file wipe.
(2) A digital video effect that places one image over another. Although there are a myriad varieties, the classic wipe is a scene transition where the next scene slides horizontally or vertically over the current one. Another common wipe is the circle wipe. A small circle that contains another scene starts to grow in the middle of the current frame and gradually fills the entire frame.