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

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

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 Cryptocurrency values remained unsteady Tuesday in the aftermath of a multi-day wipeout that saw hundreds of billions of dollars in global crypto market cap disappear. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 14 June 2022 Hope springs eternal, especially among politicians facing an electoral wipeout. Karl Rove, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 In an ensuing electoral wipeout in the 2020 parliamentary election, Mr. Wickremesinghe lost his local seat. Philip Wen, WSJ, 20 July 2022 Analysts have likened the wipeout of the Sri Lankan economy to the financial chaos of the late 1990s in Southeast Asia’s major economies. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 The overall cryptocurrency market experienced a roughly $2 trillion valuation wipeout between November of last year and early June, Bloomberg reported. Cameron Sperance, BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2022 In February, after a dismal financial report, Meta’s stock plummeted 26 percent and its market value plunged more than $230 billion in what was the company’s biggest one-day wipeout. New York Times, 1 July 2022 In fact, Coinglass data shows that June 13 saw over $600 million in liquidations, the biggest daily wipeout since March. Dan Runkevicius, Forbes, 22 June 2022 The recent rout in equities has led to a wipeout of $17 billion (1.32 lakh crore rupees) in the company’s market value. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 14 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These fires can undo years of progress and wipe out entire populations of fish. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 27 Sep. 2022 Rocks in that size range - and Dimorphos is one of them - could wipe out a major city with a direct hit. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2022 Proteins formed by the body itself gather in the brain and wipe out brain cells. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 16 Aug. 2022 Doing so would cost the government $373 billion, according to a Brookings Institution estimate, and wipe out the $300 billion in putative budget savings from the Schumer-Manchin deal. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 Be sure to take the bag out and wipe out any loose debris. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 Transfer mixture to a large bowl and wipe out the bowl of the food processor. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2022 What kind of civilization sets that up, so one person can wipe out everyone and take the entire planet down? WIRED, 8 Sep. 2022 There are assertions that sentience AI will unequivocally wipe out all of humankind. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wipeout


1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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25 Sep 2022

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“Wipeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wipeout. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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