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 With one tap, touch and swipe, the ability to access a suite of sustainability data on our hoodies, shirts or dresses, is now very much a reality. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Tinder alone saw the daily swipe average of users increase by 15%. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 5 June 2021 In Tulsa, the President aimed an apparent swipe at Sinema and Manchin. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 June 2021 The Suns had their way against Los Angeles’ reach-and-swipe defense, leaving the Lakers flat-footed with their quickness and rapid ball movement. John Marshall, orlandosentinel.com, 2 June 2021 The Suns had their way against Los Angeles' reach-and-swipe defense, leaving the Lakers flat footed with their quickness and rapid ball movement. John Marshall, ajc, 2 June 2021 Great bullfighters and ballerinas study Posey’s swipe tags. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 Catcher Jake Rogers tried to make a back-handed swipe, but the baseball got away from him. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 2021 Last season, when Paul was playing for the Thunder, Bridges was defending him when Paul pulled one of his classic offensive moves — the old swipe-through before a shot to draw contact and a foul. New York Times, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dimler is all about waiting for the pitch and then, in an instant, swipe the bat through the hitting zone with devastating results. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2021 Rather than forcing someone to carry cash or physically swipe their card, customers can simply use a tap-to-go credit card or a mobile wallet to complete a transaction without any physical contact whatsoever. Anthony Presley, Forbes, 19 May 2021 First, people feared acompetitor would swipe the track's few remaining race days doled out by regulators. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, 18 Mar. 2021 Social media can easily swipe someone's legs and drag him or her into the morass of meaningless moments. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 Their audience could see the offer promoted on Snapchat, swipe up to save the offer to their mobile wallet, and later use the offer in-store. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Tinder is a trove of what feels like every single New Yorker with nothing to do but swipe, flirt, and hope for a safe hook-up—or at least some small form of human interaction. Anastasia Garcia, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2021 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, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2020 Although specific techniques vary by industry, 61% of all data breaches are the result of schemes that try to swipe login credentials, such as phishing schemes, the wireless provider found. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 19 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Swipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swipe. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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