noun (1)
wip·​er | \ ˈwī-pər How to pronounce wiper (audio) \

Definition of wiper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who wipes
2a : something (such as a towel or sponge) used for wiping
b : a moving contact for making connections with the terminals of an electrical device (such as a rheostat)
c : a usually motor-driven arm with a flexible blade for wiping a window (such as the windshield of an automobile or airplane)


noun (2)
plural wipers

Definition of wiper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hybrid striped bass that is a cross between a female striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and a male white bass (Morone chrysops) and is silvery-white with dark usually discontinuous or irregular horizontal stripes along the sides

Note: The wiper has an aggressive nature and is bred chiefly as a sport fish for stocking lakes, streams, and reservoirs.

White bass and striped bass have solid stripes on their bodies. The hybrid fish, also called wipers or whiterock bass, have broken horizontal stripes, grow larger than white bass and are more tolerant of warm water than stripers.— D'Arcy Egan While wipers are far from unpalatable, their flesh is of a coarser texture and tastes a little more "fishy" than crappie or walleye fillets.— Steve Davis

called also palmetto bass, whiterock bass

— compare sunshine bass

Examples of wiper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Repeat in a slow windshield-wiper motion for 30 seconds. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Workout Olympic Skiers Use to Prepare for the Slopes," 19 Dec. 2020 This version of the Type R sheds 46 pounds through different wheels and a lack of rear heating ducts, rear wiper blade, among other miscellaneous items. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "You Can Win the First U.S.-Market 2021 Honda Civic Type R LE," 23 Nov. 2020 Oh, and the three wipers on the windshield have been replaced with the less awesome but more traditional two-wiper setup. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Bollinger Reveals More of Production-Intent Electric Pickup and SUV," 11 Dec. 2020 This may include a portable cell phone charger, flashlight, jumper cables, tire pressure gauge, extra windshield wiper fluid, blankets, and flares, according to the NHTSA. Tonya Russell, SELF, "8 Car Safety Tips Parents Should Know for Future Road Trips," 23 Nov. 2020 Like the Stradale coupe, the SF90 Spider is equipped with touch-sensitive steering wheel buttons that include headlight, windshield wiper, and turn signal controls as well as the 16-inch digital gauge cluster's controls. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "986-HP 2021 Ferrari SF90 Spider Is a 211-MPH Hybrid Droptop," 12 Nov. 2020 The wiper arm is what secures the frames and blades of windshield wipers. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best windshield wiper of 2020," 1 Oct. 2020 Six men accused of carrying out some of the world's most destructive hacks—including the NotPetya disk wiper and power grid attacks that knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians—have been indicted in US federal court. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Six Russians accused of the world’s most destructive hacks indicted," 19 Oct. 2020 Don’t forget to top off windshield wiper fluid before heading out, and check other fluid levels while under the hood. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Fall road trips: 10 tips for planning the perfect car-based getaway," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of wiper

Noun (1)

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wiper

Noun (2)

w- (from white bass) + (str)iper

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Cite this Entry

“Wiper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiper. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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