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  Dictionary Definition of wipe

wipe
verb, wiped, wiping, noun

-- verb (t)
1. to rub lightly with or on a cloth, towel, paper, the hand, etc., in order to clean or dry.
2. to take ( away, off, out, etc.) by rubbing with or on something.
3. to remove as if by rubbing: wipe the smile off your face.
4. to destroy or eradicate, as from existence or memory.
5. Colloquial to refuse to have anything to do with.
6. to rub or draw (something) over a surface, as in cleaning or drying.
7. Plumbing a. to apply (solder in a semi-fluid state) by spreading with leather or cloth over the part to be soldered. b. to form (a joint) in this manner.
-- noun
8. the action of wiping.
9. a rub, as of one thing over another.
10. Film a 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.
-- phrase
11. wipe out, to destroy completely.
12. wipe the floor with, Colloquial to defeat utterly; overcome completely.
[ME; OE wipian, c. OHG wifan wind round, Goth. weipan crown; akin to VIBRATE ]