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swipe

noun \ ˈswīp \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of swipe

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

Examples of swipe in a Sentence

  1. She took a swipe at her former company in her latest column.

  2. a swipe of the cat's paw

Recent Examples of swipe from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of swipe

probably alteration of sweep


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swipe

verb

Definition of swipe

swiped; swiping
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)

Examples of swipe in a Sentence

  1. The cat swiped the dog across the nose.

  2. They swiped some candy from the store.

  3. The cashier swiped the credit card and gave it back to me.

Recent Examples of swipe from the Web

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First Known Use of swipe

circa 1825



SWIPE Defined for English Language Learners

swipe

noun

Definition of swipe for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of swipe for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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swipe

noun \ ˈswīp \

Definition of swipe for Students

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

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swipe

verb

Definition of swipe for Students

swiped; swiping
1 :1steal 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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