(Wipe), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wiped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wiping.] [OE. vipen, AS. wipian; 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.
1. To rub with something soft for cleaning; to clean or dry by rubbing; as, to wipe the hands or face with
Let me wipe thy face.Shak.
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." Shak.
Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon.Milton.
3. To cheat; to defraud; to trick; usually followed by out. [Obs.] Spenser.
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]
1. Act of rubbing, esp. in order to clean.
2. A blow; a stroke; a hit; a swipe. [Low]
3. A gibe; a jeer; a severe sarcasm. Swift.
4. A handkerchief. [Thieves' Cant or Slang]
5. Stain; brand. [Obs.] "Slavish wipe." Shak.
1. One who, or that which, wipes.
2. Something used for wiping, as a towel or rag.
3. (Mach.) A piece generally projecting from a rotating or swinging piece, as an axle or rock shaft, for
the purpose of raising stampers, lifting rods, or the like, and leaving them to fall by their own weight; a
kind of cam.
4. (Firearms) A rod, or an attachment for a rod, for holding a rag with which to wipe out the bore of the
(Wir"ble) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wirbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wirbling ] [Cf. Warble, Whirl.] To
whirl; to eddy. [R.]
The waters went wirbling above and around.Owen. Meredith.
(Wirche) v. i. & t. To work [Obs.] Chaucer.