wipe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wipe rub with a circular motion "wipe the blackboard","He passed his hands over the soft cloth"
    • n wipe the act of rubbing or wiping "he gave the hood a quick rub"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before toilet paper was invented, French royalty wiped their bottoms with fine linen
    • Wipe A blow; a stroke; a hit; a swipe.
    • Wipe A gibe; a jeer; a severe sarcasm.
    • Wipe A handkerchief.
    • Wipe Act of rubbing, esp. in order to clean.
    • Wipe Stain; brand. "Slavish wipe ."
    • n Wipe (Zoöl) The lapwing.
    • Wipe To cheat; to defraud; to trick; -- usually followed by out. "If they by coveyne [covin] or gile be wiped beside their goods."
    • Wipe To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; -- usually followed by away off or out. Also used figuratively. "To wipe out our ingratitude.""Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon."
    • Wipe To rub with something soft for cleaning; to clean or dry by rubbing; as, to wipe the hands or face with a towel. "Let me wipe thy face.""I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An etiquette writer of the 1840's advised, "Ladies may wipe their lips on the tablecloth, but not blow their noses on it."
    • wipe To rub or stroke with or on something, especially a soft cloth, for cleaning; clean or dry by gently rubbing, as with a towel.
    • wipe To remove by or as by gently rubbing with or on something, especially a cloth; hence, with away, off, or out, to remove, efface, or obliterate.
    • wipe Figuratively, to cleanse, as from evil practices or abuses; clear, as of disadvantage or superfluity.
    • wipe To cheat; defraud; trick.
    • wipe To stroke or strike gently; tap.
    • wipe To beat; chastise.
    • wipe In plumbing, to apply (solder) without the use of a soldering-iron, by allowing the solder to cool into a semi-fluid condition, and then applying it by wiping it over the part to be soldered by the use of a pad of leather or cloth. See wiping, 2.
    • wipe To make strokes with a rubbing or sweeping motion.
    • n wipe The act or process of wiping clean or dry; a sweeping stroke of one thing over another; a rub; a brush.
    • n wipe A quick or hard stroke; a blow, literally or figuratively; a cut: now regarded as slang.
    • n wipe The mark of a blow or wound; a scar; a brand.
    • n wipe Something used in wiping; specifically, a handkerchief.
    • n wipe plural A fence of brushwood.
    • n wipe Same as wiper, 3.
    • n wipe Same as weep.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tablecloths were originally meant to serve as towels with which guests could wipe their hands and faces after dinner.
    • v.t Wipe wīp to clean by rubbing (with away, off, out): cleanse, clear away: to apply solder to with a piece of cloth or leather:
    • n Wipe act of cleaning by rubbing: a blow: a scar:
    • v.t Wipe wīp (coll.) to beat
    • n Wipe (slang) handkerchief
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Quotations

  • Meshulam Riklis
    Meshulam Riklis
    “The big will get bigger; the small will get wiped out.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
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    “Credit is like a looking-glass, which when once sullied by a breath, may be wiped clear again; but if once cracked can never be repaired.”
  • Wayne Calloway
    Wayne Calloway
    “Nothing focuses the mind better than the constant sight of a competitor who wants to wipe you off the map.”
  • John Gay
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    “Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
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    “If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.”

Idioms

Wipe the floor with - (UK) If you wipe the floor with someone, you destroy the arguments or defeat them easily.
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Wipe the smile of someone's face - If you wipe the smile of someone's face, you do something to make someone feel less pleased with themselves.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vipen, AS. wīpian,; cf. LG. wiep, a wisp of straw, Sw. vepa, to wrap up, to cuddle one's self up, vepa, a blanket; perhaps akin to E. whip,

Usage

In literature:

If spits are wiped clean as soon as the meat is drawn from them, and while they are hot, a very little cleaning will be required.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
Then she wiped her face with her hands, sighed, and fell again to thinking.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
He sighed and wiped his face with his hand.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Hart wiped his forehead and growled out an oath.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
Wash and wipe them well; cut them in pieces three inches long, and wipe them quite dry.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Kedsty wiped his forehead, as he had wiped it the morning of Kent's confession.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Joe Crouch rose from his knees with a joyful exclamation, wiping his hands on his apron.
"Soldiers of the Queen" by Harold Avery
The Med Service should have taken over, wiped out the need for a quarantine, and then lifted it.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
Wipe dat off yer memory, too.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
With a fierce oath, he wiped the water from his face.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
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In poetry:

And as to her for ever dear
The frantic mourner flew,
To wipe from her pale cheek the tear,
And breathe a last adieu;
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
All is light and peace with Eva;
There the darkness cometh never;
Tears are wiped, and fetters fall.
And the Lord is all in all.
"Eva" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Her hands and kisses, ointment, tears,
Her gathered wiping hair,
Her love, her shame, her hopes, her fears,
Mingle in worship rare.
"The Woman That Was A Sinner" by George MacDonald
His own soft hand shall wipe the tear
From every weeping eye,
And pains and groans, and grief and fear,
And death itself shall die.
"Hymn 10" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
"Come unto me. I'll give thee rest,
Will wipe away each tear;
Come lean thy head upon my breast;
Dear child, thou need'st not fear."
"Come Unto Me" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
He weeps with thee, with all that mourn,
And He shall wipe thy streaming eyes
Who knew all sorrows, woman-born,--
Trust in his word; thy dead shall rise!
"In Memory Of Charles Wentworth Upham, Jr." by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Bankers wipe out dirty money .
Wipe the sink and sprayer down regularly with a disinfectant wipe.
Personally, I just use those disinfectant wipes every now and then.
Google wants to wipe bad online merchants off its search engine, but is it going too far.
We've all heard the bad news: Shuttered factories and financial setbacks have wiped out nearly 1 in 12 Oregon technology jobs in the past year.
Hockey fans were willing to accept that the NHL needed fixing eight years ago, even if it took wiping out an entire season for the owners to get everything they wanted.
Nice-Pak Products has inked a sponsorship agreement for its new Grime Boss Heavy-Duty Hand Cleaning Wipes with auto racing company Andretti Autosport.
'Amazing' therapy wipes out leukemia in study.
Crash wipes out 7 in family.
Activity lead Bobak Ferdowsi, center, wipes tears away after a successful landing for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover.
Industrial Wipes Hang in the Balance .
A man wipes away tears outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisc.
So now he is releasing Jerry wipes.
President Barack Obama wipes frozen yogurt off of his pants after it was spilled on him as he greeted people outside The Sink on Tuesday.
He'd probably wipe them off the map with a penstroke if he could.
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In science:

If dissipation or circularization of the orbits affects the results found for our galaxies, this implies that the 10 percent of baryons are able to wipe out the dynamical signature of the 90 percent of dark matter.
Dynamical Centers and Non-Circular Motions in THINGS Galaxies: Implications for Dark Matter Halos
In fact, these coefficients are so designed that if we set all probabilities of cells equal to one, then no matter what complex we have the top coefficient, e.g. the one corresponding to the maximal monomial in this case, always wipes out all other coefficients and leaves the betti number only.
Stochastic Homology. Reduction Formulas for Computing Stochastic Betti Numbers of Maximal Random Complexes with Discrete Probabilities. Computation and Applications
Thus in our thesis it is suggested from the fuzzy models education can alone wipe out this mind set up.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
In turn, topological excitations in the form of vortices wipe out the quasi-long-range order for T > TKT .
Does quasi-long-range order in the two-dimensional XY model really survive weak random phase fluctuations?
Continuous distributions for the disorder wipe out completely the plateau structure.
Magnetization Plateaux in Quasi-One-Dimensional Strongly Correlated Electron Systems: A Brief Review
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