wipe: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (wīp), [key]
— v., n. wiped, wip•ing,
- to rub lightly with or on a cloth, towel, paper, the hand, etc., in order to clean or dry the surface of: He wiped the furniture with a damp cloth.
- to rub or draw (something) over a surface, as in cleaning or drying.
- to remove by rubbing with or on something (usually fol. by away, off, out, etc.): Wipe the dirt off your shoes. Wipe the dust from the pictures.
- to remove as if by rubbing (usually fol. by away, off, etc.): Wipe that smile off your face!
- to erase, as from existence or memory (often fol. by from): to wipe a thought from one's mind.
- to erase (magnetic tape, a recording, etc.).
- to apply (solder in a semifluid state) by spreading with leather or cloth over the part to be soldered.
- to form (a joint) in this manner.
- (of a rotating shaft or the like) to melt the brasses of (a bearing) through friction.
- to refuse to have anything to do with; reject; dismiss.
- The entire city was wiped out.
- to destroy completely; demolish:The entire city was wiped out.
- Informal.to murder; kill:They wiped him out to keep him from testifying.
- Slang.to beat decisively, as in sports.
- Slang.(in sports) to be taken out of competition by a fall, accident, collision, etc.
- Slang.to intoxicate or cause to become high, esp. on narcotic drugs.
- to clean completely by wiping: to wipe up the mess on the floor.
- an act of wiping: He gave a few quick wipes to the furniture.
- a rub, as of one thing over another.
- Also calleda technique in film editing by which the projected image of a scene appears to be pushed or wiped off the screen by the image that follows.
- a piece of absorbent material, as of paper or cloth, used for wiping.
- a sweeping stroke or blow.
- a gibe.
- wiper (def. 5).
- a handkerchief.
- wipe (Thesaurus)