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

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But the dependence on the touch screen can be confusing for some functions, such as the windshield wiper control. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Tesla Model 3 just may be worth the wait," 19 Apr. 2018 Or the adorable, painted-on windshield wipers? Or that streaked glass detail? Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "This Camper-Inspired Picnic Blanket Is the Ultimate Retro Accessory for Summer," 11 Apr. 2019 The 2017 outbreak of the NotPetya disk wiper that shut down computers around the world is one of the best examples of the destruction that can result from these types of attacks. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Two new supply-chain attacks come to light in less than a week," 23 Oct. 2018 The handles are flush with the doors when the car is in motion, and even the windshield wiper lives out of the airflow underneath the front cowl. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is an upmarket hydrogen fuel-cell SUV," 26 Oct. 2018 The touring also comes with standard ventilated front seats, navigation, 14-speaker Harmon Kardon surround sound rated at 792 watts, panoramic moonroof with dual glass panels and rain-sensing wipers. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Newly arrived 2019 Subaru Ascent fills three-row midsize SUV niche," 24 June 2018 A month later, a disk-wiper dubbed NotPetya also used EternalBlue as an engine to self-replicate extremely rapidly. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Mass router hack exposes millions of devices to potent NSA exploit," 29 Nov. 2018 Similar to a car's window wipers, these tiny actuators shake loose any bio-organic material that has built up on the devices. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Latest Glaucoma Treatment Could Be Magnets In Your Eyes," 13 Nov. 2018 The Platinum also comes with rain-sensing wipers, along with memory for the driver's seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan Maxima: 'Four-door sports car' gets some upgrades for 2018," 9 Feb. 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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