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 The crispy, battered chicken filet was served on a soft, glossy pretzel bun with bacon, cheese, pickles and a swipe of Buffalo ranch. Anchorage Daily News, "Miss the old Roadrunner on Arctic? Alleyway Grille just might be your jam.," 5 Feb. 2020 Especially when that kid eats even the swipe of pumpkin puree on the top. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Waggle: Food your kid will eat," 4 Feb. 2020 Add a swipe of your favorite lip balm and you're all done. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "14 Tips for Applying Blush Perfectly, Every Single Time," 18 Nov. 2019 Johnson took another swipe at Parliament’s refusal to give him an election. Robert Hutton, Bloomberg.com, "EU Says Johnson Proposal Has ‘Problematic Points’: Brexit Update," 2 Oct. 2019 An early swipe of the wall at Las Vegas and slow lapped traffic relegated him to a middle-of-the-pack finish that dropped him from first to fourth in the championship race. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Busch looks to rebound as NASCAR playoffs move to Richmond," 20 Sep. 2019 Shawn Mendes rocked the 2019 American Music Awards red carpet on Sunday, wearing an indigo suit by Paul Smith, a custom teal shirt by Marcell von Berlin and a few swipes of Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Touche Éclat concealer. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Shawn Mendes' Makeup Artist Shares His 2019 AMAs Grooming Routine," 25 Nov. 2019 That comment was seen as a swipe at Pelosi, who has argued that the public must support impeachment first before Democrats act. Mike Debonis, The Denver Post, "Democrats second-guess calling Mueller, divided on path forward," 25 July 2019 Bathroom’s in-game look (swipe on the image below), which includes dual sinks, a shower, tub and a spilled glass of liquid sure to play into a future murder mystery. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "The Clue Mansion Officially Has a New Room — the Bathroom! See the Board Game's New Look," 21 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then Marcus Smart made the defensive play of the game, swiping the ball away from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Observations from the Celtics’ victory over the Thunder," 9 Feb. 2020 That was the method used by the Astros when swiping signs. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Buster Posey suggests using microphones to give signs to pitchers," 7 Feb. 2020 That means finding a precocious young pickpocket, Cassandra Cain ( Ella Jay Basco), who, having swiped the stone, swallows it. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Birds of Prey’ Review: Harley Redux, With Joy," 6 Feb. 2020 During four months of travel last year across Asia and Europe this happened to me a few times, but thankfully getting out and inserting or swiping the card, then signing the receipt, did the trick. Geoffrey Morrison, New York Times, "A Case for Paying With Your Phone," 5 Feb. 2020 Some researchers organize their photos swiping on an iPhone, or with an open-source tool named Tropy; some, like Alex Wellerstein, a historian at Stevens Institute of Technology, have special digital camera setups, and a standardized method. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Smartphone Has Changed How History Is Written," 21 Jan. 2020 Instead, the students allege, BJN swiped Patch’s trade secrets and their ideas to develop a competing product. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Trinity students who designed ‘smart pill-bottle cap’ say technology was stolen," 15 Jan. 2020 Adding the auxiliary travel lanes is a common-sense solution to the weaving issue that leads to rear-end and side-swiping accidents, ODOT says. oregonlive, "Rose Quarter project would likely exceed $1 billion if freeway caps are expanded, reinforced," 15 Jan. 2020 When ready, place the AirPods in your ears, and either swipe down your iPhone X (or newer) home screen or up on an iPhone 8 or older and click the ear icon. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "9 Apple AirPods tricks you’ll wish you knew before now," 9 Jan. 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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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Swipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swiping. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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