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 But critics argued that the wipeout of the accounts amounted to censoring LGBTQ activism. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 12 Nov. 2021 For sweeping damage to an economy, the U.S. wipeout proved that a real estate crash is the worst crash possible. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2021 The party is also haunted by recent history: Their loss in the 2009 Virginia governor’s race — the last time Democrats controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress — foreshadowed the party’s electoral wipeout the following year. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2021 The result: Democrats in 2010 were staggered by a 63-seat wipeout in the House—a worse setback than the Gingrich Revolution of 1994. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 22 Oct. 2021 The righthander mowed through the Nats, getting a fielder’s choice groundout to force the lead runner and then striking out the next two hitters on wipeout sliders to end the threat. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2021 While dealing with the knee injury, Scott deployed his wipeout slider less. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 13 Oct. 2021 And in what may come as a surprise to many - only about a year past the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic and warnings of a financial wipeout for higher education - several major universities are proposing substantial increases in their new budgets. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 20 June 2021 The three-batter minimum rule forces Garrett to face a heavy mix of right-handed hitters, but dominating lefties must be a key to his success with his upper-90s fastball and wipeout slider. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The questions now are whether Bannon's coming date in court this week for an arraignment will wipe out some of his bravado, and persuade other Trump ex-officials not to risk the law's ire and to agree to testify. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 Loss of just a few would wipe out a relatively large proportion of the entire population, officials said. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Josef Newgarden had seen enough caution flags wipe out his leads Sunday in the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 June 2021 Apply it with a cloth and rub over the gum inside the dryer, then wipe out. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2021 Certainly, there have been plenty of aches and pains, broken bones and pulled muscles along the way, but Swanson never envisioned that one of his teammates would nearly wipe out his postseason dreams. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 Rajan Samuel, managing director in India for Habitat for Humanity, says disasters wipe out livelihoods as well as homes. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 30 Oct. 2021 Those higher labor and delivery costs may wipe out profit altogether in the last three months of this year, the company forecast. Rachel Layne, CBS News, 29 Oct. 2021 Despite agreeing in August to reduce its original four-year rate hike request by a total $1.3 billion, FPL now projects that rising natural gas costs will wipe out those savings. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 26 Oct. 2021

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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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24 Nov 2021

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“Wipeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wipeout. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wipeout

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


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