Variant of wipe
- 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
- to form (a joint in lead pipe) by applying liquid solder and rubbing with a leather pad, greased cloth, etc.
Origin: Middle English wipen from Old English wipian, akin to Old High German wīfan, 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 already-moistened paper and variously designed for cleansing the skin, cleaning eyeglasses, etc.
- Film, TV 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
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