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Wipe \Wipe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wiped; p. pr. & vb. n. Wiping.] [OE. vipen, AS. w[=i]pian; 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.]

  1. 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.
    --2 Kings xxi. 13.

  2. 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.

  3. To cheat; to defraud; to trick; -- usually followed by out. [Obs.]

    If they by coveyne [covin] or gile be wiped beside their goods.
    --Robynson (More's Utopia)

    To wipe a joint (Plumbing), to make a joint, as between pieces of lead pipe, by surrounding the junction with a mass of solder, applied in a plastic condition by means of a rag with which the solder is shaped by rubbing.

    To wipe the nose of, to cheat. [Old Slang]


vb. (en-past of: wipe)

Usage examples of "wiped".

I dipped a cloth into my bowl of distilled alcohol, wiped the area carefully, sterilized a scalpel, and cut quickly into the skin.

He sniffed suspiciously at the hand which had been holding his grandson, then wiped it on the skirts of his coat.

I could hear the faint sigh of his breath, and the occasional sniff and rustle as he wiped a dripping nose on his sleeve.

He pulled a large handkerchief from the waist of his breeks and wiped the object carefully, bringing to light the gleam of silver links and a small round fob, bearing some kind of seal.

He wiped black soot from his face, watching as she swiftly swabbed the barrel and reloaded.

Without comment, he wiped his sweating hands on his breeks, and concentrated on the new challenge, but Ian Murray refused to leave his mind.

Jemmy, wiped it on a fold of his plaid, and slid it away into its scabbard.

He merely smiled at me, wiped his nose, and hunched deeper into his cloak.

He paused long enough to sneeze twice more, wiped his nose impatiently on his sleeve, then thrust the dirk into the embers of the fire.

He straightened and wiped his mouth, then turned and walked across the yard away from me, heading for the wood.

He shifted himself to better shelter her from the wind, lifted the coverings briefly, and wiped a smear of blackish slime deftly off the budlike privates.

He wiped his nose, and tilted his head toward the faint rumble of voices that came through the chinked logs.

Bree had an old linen towel across her shoulder, and deftly wiped his chin with it.

Jamie, panting, dumped her unceremoniously on one of the narrow beds, then wiped his sweating brow on his coat sleeve, and, long nose wrinkled, began fastidiously to dust manure crumbs from the skirts of his coat.

He crossed himself briefly with the crucifix, then quite unself-consciously wiped the grease from his beard onto his sleeve, and sat down beside Jocasta.