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

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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 stocks in the absolute epicenter of pain of the big wipeout, so many of them are in travel, hospitality, aerospace, and aviation. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "How to play the 2021 recovery, according to investing experts," 20 Nov. 2020 Jimenez's fastball sits at 95 mph but rides up to 98 mph, and his wipeout slider is a tough task for any batter. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "How the Detroit Tigers' bullpen will change under AJ Hinch," 14 Nov. 2020 Pro-choice states that are preparing for a Supreme Court-level wipeout will be tough to crack. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "What a post-Roe America would look like," 29 Oct. 2020 Progressive statistics guru Nate Silver had for weeks issued pseudo-scientific analyses of a Trump wipeout. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Disinformationists," 5 Nov. 2020 The game in which Tate attempted 45 passes — at Houston in 2018 — was a wipeout from the jump. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, "7 stats that represent state of Arizona Wildcats football entering 2020 season," 5 Nov. 2020 Others peg the number at 27% That’s still a Biden wipeout. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Lots of Latinos voted for Trump. That should not be a surprise.," 4 Nov. 2020 Clevinger and Lamet are the Padres’ aces, hard-throwing right-handers with wipeout sliders. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "With Patchwork Pitching, the Padres Turn Another Page," 3 Oct. 2020 But despite possibly catching a break in North Carolina, Republican strategists say the potential for a wipeout has increased significantly given the resources Democrats have collected. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "GOP Senate majority at risk after monster fundraising quarter by Democrats," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The bulk of the preparation for each Saturday game happens between Sunday and Wednesday, meaning a Monday night change to the schedule could wipe out about half of the week’s work. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "What would a Monday night schedule change mean for Alabama’s game prep?," 16 Nov. 2020 The Shepherd’s Staff isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic wipe out its traditional holiday events for the end of 2020. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "The Shepherd’s Staff getting set for holiday events," 9 Nov. 2020 The fiercest Never Trump critics hoped for — and wishfully predicted — a cleansing landslide that would wipe out every trace of Trump and his enablers from the GOP. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Trump’s Staying Power," 6 Nov. 2020 The damage this season isn’t as visceral but 2020 saw COVID-19 infections within football programs or schools wipe out at least one Orlando area football game in every week of the regular season. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Friday high school football kicks off with no Deltona buses making it to Lake Mary," 6 Nov. 2020 That could wipe out another season at the arena for the hockey Admirals, indoor soccer Wave, roller derby Brew City Bruisers and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Center District budget plans for no events at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena until fall of 2021," 16 Oct. 2020 Losses reported by businesses Mr. Trump owns and runs helped wipe out tax bills on hundreds of millions of dollars in celebrity income. Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig And Mike Mcintire, New York Times, "Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance," 27 Sep. 2020 Despite people's best efforts, they get hit again in another recession and these disparities will wipe out their savings. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Unemployment benefits: Racial disparity in jobless aid grows as Congress stalls on COVID-19 stimulus," 23 Oct. 2020 As Okogie said, a weeklong campaign won't wipe out hunger on its own. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Local teams, media outlets launch Home Teams vs. Hunger," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of wipeout was in 1535

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23 Nov 2020

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“Wipeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wipeout. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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