wipeout

noun
wipe·​out | \ ˈwīp-ˌau̇t How to pronounce wipeout (audio) \

Definition of wipeout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of wiping out : complete or utter destruction
2 : a fall or crash caused usually by losing control
3 : a total or decisive defeat : drubbing

wipe out

verb
wiped out; wiping out; wipes out

Definition of wipe out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to destroy completely : annihilate

intransitive verb

: to fall or crash usually as a result of losing control

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Examples of wipeout in a Sentence

Noun The surfer had a nasty wipeout. Verb he didn't get his gambling under control until he had already wiped out his entire life savings
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 6-foot-2, 190-pound righty — considered the highest upside pitcher in the 2021 draft — is best known for his wipeout slider but can reach 99 mph with his four-seam fastball. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 23 July 2021 When someone tells the story of an epic ride or wipeout, it has been captured on camera, from the shore, from the water, from the board (forward and reverse angles), and from the air — and much of it is high quality. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 Currency controls are light; money laundering is reported to be rampant; the opportunities for a quick score (or wipeout) are manifold. New York Times, 2 June 2021 The right-hander is best known for his wipeout slider but can reach 99 mph with his four-seam fastball. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2021 Despite the wipeout, Kim gracefully hopped back up and successfully rode a wave, then posting a photo of herself posing in a black wetsuit and life jacket with a Liquid Force wakeboard. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 6 July 2021 My partner John Mauldin predicts an unprecedented crisis that will lead to the biggest wipeout of wealth in history. Patrick W. Watson, Forbes, 15 June 2021 My partner John Mauldin predicts an unprecedented crisis that will lead to the biggest wipeout of wealth in history. Patrick W. Watson, Forbes, 15 June 2021 My partner John Mauldin predicts an unprecedented crisis that will lead to the biggest wipeout of wealth in history. Patrick W. Watson, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pandemic can wipe out a potential once-in-a-lifetime Olympic opportunity in an instant: a positive test prevented American Katie Lou Samuelson, who’s fully vaccinated, from competing in the first-ever Olympic 3-on-3 basketball competition. Sean Gregory / Tokyo, Time, 21 July 2021 The slightest noise from the environment, such as stray electric or magnetic fields, can wipe out a qubit’s delicate two-ways-at-once state and leave it at either 0 or 1. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 14 July 2021 After all, how high customers’ monthly bills ultimately rise will be tied to how much debt CPS can wipe out through the legal system. Greg Jefferson, San Antonio Express-News, 11 June 2021 Bots can wipe out all or most of the drop inventory, blocking loyal customers from making a purchase. Jordan Mckee, Forbes, 21 May 2021 But this world has built in a very solid case for Byron as this all-powerful tech god who can wipe out bank accounts, and even identities, with impunity. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2021 And a key lesson of 2008 for China, beyond the value of the Olympics for soft power, is that a successful Games can wipe out any memory of acrimony and hostility in the run-up to them. James Griffiths, CNN, 21 Feb. 2021 The gathering amounted to a raucous open rebellion against a seven-story building residents say would block sunlight, stir up toxins, wipe out parking, snarl traffic and dwarf the single family homes that run along the avenues behind the property. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 Nor is there any particular need for special antimicrobial wipes or cleansers, which may fuel the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria and wipe out communities of benign or beneficial microbes. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of wipeout

Noun

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of wipeout was in 1535

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27 Jul 2021

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“Wipeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wipeout. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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wipeout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wipeout

US : a sudden, violent fall by someone who is riding a bicycle, surfing, skiing, etc.

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