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


The surfer had a nasty wipeout.


he didn't get his gambling under control until he had already wiped out his entire life savings

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then, on Sunday, in front of a stadium filled with tired-of-watching-this witnesses, the Yankees won the series by completing a three-day wipeout of the Dodgers’ offense. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dodgers vs. Yankees offered a World Series review rather than a preview," 25 Aug. 2019 Monday’s wipeout of the Orioles was no exception, as the games devolved into glorified batting practice for the Yankees. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "Facing Little Resistance, the Yankees Make Health Their Main Goal," 12 Aug. 2019 If that’s the worst of it, then the nearly $40 billion wipeout in Bayer’s market value since the Monsanto deal closed in June seems overdone. Washington Post, "For Bayer and FedEx, Deal Hindsight is 20/20," 25 Mar. 2019 President Donald Trump’s state-by-state popularity shows a 2020 Electoral College wipeout, but the president has a path to victory. oregonlive.com, "Stranded southern Oregon man, 72, walks 14 miles over 4 days before Portland mountain biker finds him: Morning Briefing for Friday, July 26," 26 July 2019 The damage to Sale wasn’t done in the fourth, though, as his command of his wipeout slider worsened. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "A lousy finish to an otherwise good series leaves Red Sox on outside of playoff picture," 29 July 2019 In 2015, Greece was on the forefront of a wave of populist revolutions around the world, voting into power a band of radical leftists who promised to reject economic austerity and revive the nation after a wipeout as big as the Great Depression. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Greek elections are expected to bring a populist experiment to an end," 6 July 2019 But the scale of the Istanbul wipeout could shake Erdogan’s hold on nationwide power. Laura King, latimes.com, "How will Turkey’s authoritarian president react to opposition’s big win in Istanbul mayoral race?," 24 June 2019 But Boettcher didn’t even give him a chance for such a wipeout. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "How James Holzhauer Finally Lost," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

John McManus of the Golden Gate Salmon Assn. said increased water withdrawals from the delta that benefited the San Joaquin Valley farmers almost two decades ago almost wiped out the salmon and the salmon fishing industry. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Water interests are fighting California’s bid to block Trump’s environmental rollbacks," 9 Sep. 2019 The International Red Cross said the hurricane wiped out much of parts of the water supply, leaving roughly 62,000 people on Abaco and Grand Bahama without clean water. NBC News, "'The house landed on top of me': Bahamas residents on terror of Hurricane Dorian," 5 Sep. 2019 The career-long runs by Valladay and Chambers helped the Cowboys wipe out Missouri's 14-0 lead. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 from Week 1," 4 Sep. 2019 The team's calculations showed that anywhere from 80 to 99.5% of organisms were wiped out at the end of the Great Oxidation Event, Hodgskiss said. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Almost all life on Earth was wiped out 2 billion years ago, a new study says," 4 Sep. 2019 On the Abaco Islands, east of Grand Bahama, officials believe whole towns have been wiped out. New York Times, "‘A Disastrous Outcome’: In Bahamas, Hurricane Cripples Rescue Efforts," 3 Sep. 2019 For instance, Hawke and colleagues are researching how large dams impact platypuses; if managed poorly, a single dam can essentially wipe out the platypuses living above and below it, according to their preliminary data. Christie Wilcox, National Geographic, "The silent decline of the platypus, Australia’s beloved oddity," 29 Aug. 2019 In return, the Sacklers and Purdue -- maker of OxyContin pain medicine -- would see more than 2,000 suits against them wiped out, the people said. Jef Feeley, Fortune, "Sackler Family Backs $11B Settlement of Opioid Lawsuits That Would See Purdue Pharma File for Bankruptcy," 28 Aug. 2019 Yet another agency reported that President Trump’s shutdown of the government over the border wall had wiped out its limited resources. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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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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