wipeout

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noun

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

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verb

wiped out; wiping out; wipes out

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
The losses were widespread, and nearly 90% of the stocks in the S&P 500 fell in the wipeout. Stan Choe, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024 The losses were widespread, with nearly 95% of stocks in the S&P 500 falling in a wipeout. Stan Choe, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 The 99-79 wipeout of CU would have been impressive under any conditions. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 The revelation sent its stock plunging 25% since the start of the year, a wipeout that erased $82 billion in market value for Tesla. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2024 The scoring barrage sent Oregon on its way to a 45-6 victory a few miles from the site of a 49-13 wipeout of Arizona State six weeks earlier. Jon Wilner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2024 And while the wipeouts may not be good for me, returning to a past hobby is actually scientifically proven to be incredibly good for you in many ways. Didi Gluck, Vogue, 7 Dec. 2023 From the first legal filing to the last, this was an evidentiary wipeout. Jon Wilner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2023 Musk lives in the extremes: one moment boasting astronomical, unachievable future valuations for Tesla, while in another calling a near wipeout for the shareholders of X. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023
Verb
Lindell had hoped a federal judge would wipe out the $5 million award to Zeidman. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 These programs are wiping out the federal student loan debt for hundreds of thousands of borrowers. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Yet many unions have not come out the other side stronger; they have simply been wiped out. Daniel Rivero, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 The country’s stock markets have suffered a prolonged slump since their recent peaks in 2021, with more than $6 trillion in market value having been wiped out from the Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong markets. Laura He, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 The study, published in the journal Nature, found that rather than co-existing peacefully, the hunter-gatherers in what is now Denmark, were wiped out by farmer-settlers. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 19 Feb. 2024 In the process inflation will wipe out savings and make wages buy less. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The World Bank estimates that the impacts of erosion could wipe out as much as 5 percent of the region’s gross domestic product. Jake Bittle, WIRED, 10 Feb. 2024 This is about the evolution of the species, who goes forward and who gets wiped out. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of wipeout was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Wipeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wipeout. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

wipeout

1 of 2 noun
wipe·​out ˈwīp-ˌau̇t How to pronounce wipeout (audio)
1
: complete destruction
2
: a fall or crash caused usually by losing control
wipeouts on the downhill ski course are common
3
: total or final defeat
couldn't bear to watch the team's wipeout

wipe out

2 of 2 verb
1
: to destroy completely
crops wiped out by flooding
2
: to fall or crash usually as a result of losing control
the surfer wiped out
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