swipe

noun
\ˈswīp \

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

2 : steal, pilfer

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

Quickly message someone who didn’t answer your call Android Pie is filled with smart notifications and shortcuts to cut down our taps and swipes, but some are less obvious than others. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Android 9 Pie is here: What's new, what's awesome, and how to get it now," 6 Aug. 2018 Then add a swipe of Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara. Jennifer Tzeses, Seventeen, "3 Beauty Looks That Aren't Too Extra for Class," 25 July 2018 That goal really got the Sounders going and Lodeiro helped salt this one away before halftime by picking up a ball at midfield and making a beautiful run toward the box – shaking off a nasty swipe at his legs in the interim. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders get needed early goal en route to blowout of Houston," 8 Oct. 2018 Questlove's appearance last night in Montgomery came with an apparent swipe at Kanye West's support of President Donald Trump. William Thornton, AL.com, "Questlove T-shirt says 'Kanye doesn't care about black people'," 29 Apr. 2018 Stokes closed on her bill's final passage with a swipe at state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-St. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Strip clubs would have to verify age of new hires, Louisiana House bill proposes," 27 Apr. 2018 President Trump’s devoted Affordable Care Act saboteurs took another swipe at the program late Tuesday, slashing funds for outreach programs to a bare $10 million for 2019. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "In another act of sabotage, Trump slashes Obamacare outreach funding to the bone," 10 July 2018 Hell, Nick is the one who was running around Canada, right under Fred’s nose, handing over secret packages to Luke, effectively torpedoing his boss’ international mission in a single swipe. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale," 14 June 2018 Calley and Schuette continued the atmosphere of the previous night's debate with swipes at each other on a variety of issues. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Bitter talk between Mich. gov. hopefuls tackles sharia law, terrorism," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Castle currently works for Amazon Game Studios, and EA's announcement didn't include any hint of swiping him for temporary work on this remaster project. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Original Command & Conquer devs will remaster series’ first games in one package," 14 Nov. 2018 Since your attraction depends more on someone's personality and your connection to them, swiping through Tinder may just mean a TON of first dates that lead you nowhere. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Am I Demisexual?," 2 July 2018 After swiping through glossy images on the app, a stake in your dream car can be had for as little as $38.80. Fortune, "Can't Afford a Ferrari? How About Buying a Share for $80," 29 June 2018 My passport is checked, and then checked again, swiped through a device attached to a Samsung phone. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 While there are some oblique references to Life in the Year 2018 (like swiping through Tinder at your desk ), the movie’s most significant adaptation to the current moment comes in the leading couples’ economic status and career anxiety. refinery29.com, "Set It Up Is Not Only The Rom-Com Millennials Want, It’s The One They Need," 20 June 2018 Instead of swiping through a moment, users will now be able to vertically scroll. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Twitter introduces personalized news alerts ahead of the World Cup," 13 June 2018 Simple tasks—swiping through iPhone photos, signing autographs—can be challenging. Chris Ballard, SI.com, "Same Warrior, New Battle: Brian Grant Won't Back Down From Parkinson's Disease," 2 May 2018 There are 15 pages worth of instructions and payout details to swipe through. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "High-tech 4D slot machine debuts at San Diego casinos," 29 Apr. 2018

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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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swipe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

: to steal (something)

: to pass (a credit card, ATM card, etc.) through a machine that reads information from it

swipe

noun
\ˈswīp \

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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