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noun (1)

wip·​er ˈwī-pər How to pronounce wiper (audio)
: a person who wipes
: something (such as a towel or sponge) used for wiping
: a moving contact for making connections with the terminals of an electrical device (such as a rheostat)
: a usually motor-driven arm with a flexible blade for wiping a window (such as the windshield of an automobile or airplane)


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noun (2)

plural wipers
: 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
Nothing about the wiper or, frankly, about the Cybertruck makes much sense. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 30 Nov. 2023 The windshield is the largest piece of glass used in any automotive application and the huge, single wiper blade is 47 inches long What remains to be seen is whether Tesla can quickly ramp up Cybertruck production after the first few examples are handed over to customers. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Joy-Cons register movement when a small wiper inside the joystick module (potentiometer) moves across a small pad, changing resistance levels and altering the recorded voltage. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2023 The wipers are controlled by a stalk sprouting from the right of the steering column. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2023 Inside the manual, there should be a wiper section that specifies this information. Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2023 Also joining the base S trim for 2024 are auto high beam headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, a faux-leather steering wheel, upgraded infotainment, and wireless charging. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, 21 Aug. 2023 Some online reviewers do, however, claim that the wipers occasionally produced squeaky noises. Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2023 Most of the dozen-plus wipers launched in Ukraine in 2022 have been relatively crude and straightforward in their data destruction, with none of the complex self-spreading mechanisms seen in older GRU wiper tools like NotPetya, BadRabbit, or Olympic Destroyer. WIRED, 22 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wiper was in 1552

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“Wiper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiper. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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