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 There are no dials or buttons to control the heat, air conditioning, wipers or defroster. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Bargersville chief turns heads in Indiana's first Tesla police car," 3 Jan. 2020 Hiding the driver ZeroCleare, like the Shamoon wiper, uses the legitimate RawDisk software driver from EldoS to gain direct access to disk drives and write data. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "New Iranian wiper discovered in attacks on Middle Eastern companies," 4 Dec. 2019 The car’s engine was running and the windshield wipers were operating. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Intoxicated driver crashes car into freeway median; man with handgun confronts repo man: Brook Park Police Blotter," 1 Nov. 2019 Most of the money was spent on normal wear and tear and replacing parts such as tires, windshield wipers, new keys, brakes and fixing actuators, and windshield assemblies. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Electric cars are changing the cost of driving," 8 Nov. 2019 One employee had the windshield wipers torn off his brand-new pickup. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "'You dirty dog’: Rock-dropping birds break glass in a Kenai Peninsula parking lot," 28 Oct. 2019 Those grips change the path of a racquet—there are lassos, windshield wipers, whips—and the arc of a shot. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Consider the Forehand," 4 Sep. 2019 Windshield wipers, disc brakes, dual clutch transmissions, and even direct injection engines were proven on track before filtering their way into the showroom. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E racing tech will improve the charger for your electric car," 16 July 2019 Be sure to refill antifreeze, check brakes, replace wiper blades, refill washer fluid and check the health of your battery during the colder months. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "For the Hoosiers who forgot, here's how to drive in snow without being a dangerous jerk," 11 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiper?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=wiper001. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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