noun (1)
wip·​er | \ˈwī-pər \

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

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Use plenty of water to rinse Pele’s hair off vehicles and avoid using windshield wipers. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Fine, glass tendrils — Pele’s hair — are flying around Big Island after explosive eruption," 11 June 2018 One of my favorite maneuvers is when the fountains go through a waving motion, reminiscent of windshield wipers. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First look: 'Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration'," 10 July 2018 Among the greatest threats to the shape-shifting heroes of the Marvel sequel are windshield wipers, salt shakers and seagulls. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 'Ant-Man' sequel is a less-is-more triumph," 5 July 2018 There have been no studies yet that correlate better windshield wipers with human longevity). Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: Do Premium Wiper Blades Really Make A Difference?," 18 May 2018 After a few days of heavy snow, the wiper squirters stopped working. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking 5 Cold-Weather Car Myths," 15 May 2018 In addition to two unmarked emergency exits, the bus also had faulty windshield wipers, an engine oil leak, and poor tire tread, among other issues, according to the report. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Party bus had unmarked emergency exits, leaky engine when UNCC student fell, report finds | Charlotte Observer," 9 May 2018 White bass/wipers and smallmouth have been the best in the last week. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Area water bodies welcome warming weather, improving prospects | The Kansas City Star," 25 Apr. 2018 For reasons largely unknown, the birds frequently attack cars and rip off parts of windshield wipers, sunroof seals, and rubber or vinyl parts. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018

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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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