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
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

His swipe tag off Buster Posey’s throw cut down Kevin Kramer trying to steal second. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Mauricio Dubon displays high baseball IQ," 12 Sep. 2019 To get the filters, follow Igor on Instagram and then pull up your Stories and swipe through his many amazing creations to find the Euphoria pack. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "You Can Finally Wear "Euphoria" Makeup via Instagram," 4 Sep. 2019 Newly updated apps are supposed to design around the new back gesture; the sensitivity setting should help find a balance for older apps with conflicting swipe areas. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google releases the 6th and final beta for Android Q," 7 Aug. 2019 This month, Biden and Booker exchanged swipes about criminal justice reform. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "People who knew Cory Booker at Stanford have a lot to say about him," 31 July 2019 But the feature that doesn’t get the long-button press treatment can only be triggered by a swipe-and-tap gesture that’s much less convenient. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Fitbit Versa 2 Review: With Alexa and an Always-on Display, Fitness Tracking Gets Smarter," 13 Sep. 2019 Like Hinge, Dating does not utilize the swipe-to-like functionality popularized by Tinder. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Facebook's dating service is launching in the US," 5 Sep. 2019 Now, with Android 10, that back button has been replaced with a side-swipe gesture, which is sometimes confusing. Wired, "Android 10 Has Arrived. Here’s What to Expect," 3 Sep. 2019 In a new interview for The Times of London, Yorke took his own swipe. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Sam Smith and Thom Yorke Spotted Rocking Out at Billie Eilish Gig: Watch," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Equifax is accused of failing to adequately patch a security flaw that enabled hackers to swipe about 147 million names and dates of birth, 145.5 million Social Security numbers and 209,000 payment card numbers and expiration dates in 2017. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Equifax to pay up to $700 million in FTC settlement over security breach," 22 July 2019 Consumer habits can be slow to change, and the existing transaction technology—from contactless in the UK to swiping in the US—is entrenched. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "A Chinese-style payment network to challenge Visa and Mastercard is taking shape in Europe," 10 June 2019 April 22 Owning a credit card can seem like a rite of passage in the U.S., where even a college student with no income can sign up and start swiping. Washington Post, "Have a Credit Card? You’re Among China’s Fortunate," 18 Sep. 2019 For swiping the images without permission, a jury late Monday decided that Miami Velvet must pay $892,500 to be split among the South Florida and Los Angeles models. Jackson Brook And David Ovalle, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida swingers club ordered to pay nearly $900,000 for using models’ photos without permission," 17 Sep. 2019 To swatch, slather, and swipe all of the amazing (and, well, maybe not so great) products that cross our desks during testing season. Allure, "The 26 Best Beauty Steals of 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 On your iPad, swipe down from the upper right corner of the display to bring up the Control Center. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 clever things you never knew your iPad could do," 13 Sep. 2019 Any students who swiped their student card to enter the stadium against New Mexico State would get credit (350 points) for staying until the fourth quarter. New York Times, "Orwellabama? Crimson Tide Track Locations to Keep Students at Games," 12 Sep. 2019 Users who swipe into the game receive 100 points for attending and 250 bonus points for remaining the four quarters. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Changes coming after Alabama app to increase student attendance crashed," 11 Sep. 2019

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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)

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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