swipe

noun
\ ˈswīp How to pronounce swipe (audio) \

Definition of swipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strong sweeping blow a swipe of a paw
2 : a sharp often critical remark took a parting swipe at management

swipe

verb
swiped; swiping

Definition of swipe (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to strike or move with a sweeping motion

transitive verb

1 : to strike or wipe with a sweeping motion
3 : to slide (a card with a magnetic strip or bar code) through a slot in a reading device so that information stored on the strip can be processed (as in making a purchase)

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Examples of swipe in a Sentence

Noun She took a swipe at her former company in her latest column. a swipe of the cat's paw Verb The cat swiped the dog across the nose. They swiped some candy from the store. The cashier swiped the credit card and gave it back to me.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If anything, the swipe conveyed the power Longoria has attained after more than a decade in the political advocacy space. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "If you don’t know why Eva Longoria is a political power broker, you haven’t been paying attention," 20 Oct. 2020 Casa Blanca introduces dating app-like swipe technology, combining machine learning with real-life insight from some of New York City's most experienced real estate agents. Rachel King, Fortune, "Meet the app that wants to be the Bumble of real estate," 6 Oct. 2020 After a while, swipe apps start to feel like a game, but XO has taken it one step further. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "The 16 Best Dating Apps to Try Before 2020 Ends," 29 Sep. 2020 Ahead of the first presidential debate, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released his 2019 tax returns, a swipe after The New York Times report on Mr. Trump's taxes. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Debate night fundraising push has already begun," 29 Sep. 2020 In the Seattle suburb of Federal Way, located along the Puget Sound, thieves swipe mail from curbside boxes with alarming regularity, said Huster, the post office supervisor. NBC News, "Is mail theft surging in the U.S.? Postal Service inspectors don't know," 27 Sep. 2020 In response to a question Wallace asked about Trump’s beliefs regarding the effectiveness of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Trump took a swipe at Biden. NBC News, "These are the internet's favorite memes from the first presidential debate of 2020," 30 Sep. 2020 Switching between apps with a quick horizontal swipe is handy. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 11—The Ars Technica Review," 23 Sep. 2020 Cameron Jordan took a swipe at Bucs fans and compared the mellow atmosphere on Sunday to playing at Tampa. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Empty NFL stadiums leave players with 'eerie feelings,' sense of loss for environment," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Betts would go on to swipe third base in the inning as the lead runner in a double steal with Corey Seager. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Free tacos! Dodgers' Mookie Betts (again) wins everyone Taco Bell with World Series stolen base," 21 Oct. 2020 Challenger banks can earn a trickle of revenue from merchants when customers swipe their debit cards, but not enough to thrive in the long term. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Digital banks: Feature, product or business?," 21 Oct. 2020 Their devotion to truth, Mr. Mann explained, means the Bee will continue to swipe at both political parties. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, "What ‘The Babylon Bee’ Thinks Is So Funny About Liberals," 12 Oct. 2020 While his campaign hasn’t hesitated to swipe at Hegar, Cornyn didn’t launch any jabs at her last week in his virtual meeting with The News' editorial board. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Democrat MJ Hegar backs term limits for Congress, saying no one ‘should serve more than two terms as senator’," 8 Oct. 2020 Make sure all of your polish is completely dry, and then swipe on a thin layer of this clear polish. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Halloween Nail Designs Way Too Pretty To Be Scary," 5 Oct. 2020 But as digital payment systems have evolved, dispensaries have found ways to allow customers to swipe debit cards (for ATM-like payments) and credit cards (with funds moving to Venmo-like platforms for processing) for their purchases. Carolyne Zinko, SFChronicle.com, "How one long-time dispensary is adapting to the COVID crisis," 1 Oct. 2020 They are asked to swipe their skin with a wipe which is then put into a jar and given to a dog waiting in a separate booth. Jari Tanner, chicagotribune.com, "Finland deploys coronavirus-sniffing dogs at main airport," 23 Sep. 2020 Just swipe the notification drawer down and tap the Screen Record notification to stop. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The 11 Best New Features in Android 11," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of swipe

Noun

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1825, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for swipe

Noun

probably alteration of sweep

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The first known use of swipe was in 1739

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Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Swipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swipe. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for swipe

swipe

noun
How to pronounce swipe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of swipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : a criticism or insult that is directed toward a particular person or group
: a swinging movement of a person's hand, an animal's paw, etc., that is done in an attempt to hit something

swipe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swipe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to reach toward and try to hit (something) with a swinging motion
informal : to steal (something)
: to pass (a credit card, ATM card, etc.) through a machine that reads information from it

swipe

noun
\ ˈswīp How to pronounce swipe (audio) \

Kids Definition of swipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong sweeping movement He took a swipe at the ball.

swipe

verb
swiped; swiping

Kids Definition of swipe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : steal entry 1 sense 1 No, she wouldn't swipe Christmas greens from a graveyard …— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
2 : to make a strong sweeping movement The cat swiped at the dog.

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