Swipe meaning

swīp
A sweeping blow or stroke.
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A critical remark.
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A lever, especially one that raises the bucket in a well.
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To hit with a sweeping motion.
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To pass (a swipe card) through an electronic reader.
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To steal; filch.
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To make a sweeping stroke.
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A lever or handle.
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A groom for horses, esp. at a racetrack.
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The act or an instance of swiping a magnetically encoded card.
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To steal; pilfer.
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To pass (a credit card or other magnetically encoded card) across or through an electronic device that reads it.
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To make a sweeping blow, stroke, or motion.
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(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.
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To steal or snatch.

Hey! Who swiped my lunch?

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To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.

He swiped his card at the door.

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(intransitive) To grab or bat quickly.

The cat swiped at the shoelace.

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(countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
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(countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
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(countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.

Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.

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(uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
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Origin of swipe

  • Perhaps variant of sweep
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition