wipe·​out | \ ˈwīp-ˌau̇t How to pronounce wipeout (audio) \

Definition of wipeout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of wiping out : complete or utter destruction
2 : a fall or crash caused usually by losing control
3 : a total or decisive defeat : drubbing

wipe out

wiped out; wiping out; wipes out

Definition of wipe out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to destroy completely : annihilate

intransitive verb

: to fall or crash usually as a result of losing control

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Examples of wipeout in a Sentence

Noun The surfer had a nasty wipeout. Verb he didn't get his gambling under control until he had already wiped out his entire life savings
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Week 12 Denver quarterback wipeout and Thanksgiving week COVID-19 outbreak within the Baltimore Ravens organization must serve as teaching tools, because no contender wants to experience that so close to the postseason. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Toughest test for teams in push for NFL playoffs, Super Bowl could come off the field," 19 Dec. 2020 That combination has driven record-high sales and a near wipeout of ammunition in stores. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Target Biden: Gun industry readies its biggest political war ever," 19 Nov. 2020 The stocks in the absolute epicenter of pain of the big wipeout, so many of them are in travel, hospitality, aerospace, and aviation. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "How to play the 2021 recovery, according to investing experts," 20 Nov. 2020 Jimenez's fastball sits at 95 mph but rides up to 98 mph, and his wipeout slider is a tough task for any batter. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "How the Detroit Tigers' bullpen will change under AJ Hinch," 14 Nov. 2020 Pro-choice states that are preparing for a Supreme Court-level wipeout will be tough to crack. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "What a post-Roe America would look like," 29 Oct. 2020 Progressive statistics guru Nate Silver had for weeks issued pseudo-scientific analyses of a Trump wipeout. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Disinformationists," 5 Nov. 2020 The game in which Tate attempted 45 passes — at Houston in 2018 — was a wipeout from the jump. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, "7 stats that represent state of Arizona Wildcats football entering 2020 season," 5 Nov. 2020 Others peg the number at 27% That’s still a Biden wipeout. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Lots of Latinos voted for Trump. That should not be a surprise.," 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That means losing elders to the virus could wipe out irreplaceable pieces of culture. Author: Christine Fernando, Anchorage Daily News, "Tribes try to shield elders and their knowledge from virus," 28 Dec. 2020 That means dry weather can occasionally wipe out large numbers of trees, but the strategy conserves resources in the long run. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "How bad are Christmas trees for the environment?," 22 Dec. 2020 The coronavirus ravaged the ride-hailing business in 2020, slicing into Lyft’s revenue and forcing the company to lay off 17% of its staff and wipe out nearly 1,000 jobs in April. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "With few Black and Hispanic executives, Lyft and Uber face long road to hailing a racially diverse workforce," 17 Dec. 2020 And if people need periodic booster shots against Covid, the flu vaccines could be combined with a coronavirus booster to wipe out all winter respiratory viral worries in one shot, according to Moderna’s Bancel. Robert Langreth, Bloomberg.com, "First Covid Vaccines’ Triumph Raises Hope for Cancer Fight," 13 Dec. 2020 DeSoto wide receiver Jerand Bradley spent most of this past summer uncertain whether the spread of the coronavirus pandemic would wipe out his entire senior season. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "After early signing day, Texas’ top recruits might face major conflict: Enroll in NCAA or pursue a state title?," 13 Dec. 2020 But commutations don't wipe out the other consequences that go with a conviction. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Trump’s pardons: How they’re granted and how they compare to other Presidents’ so far," 23 Dec. 2020 One positive test could wipe out most of a roster for an extended period of time. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Biggest question facing Warriors: How bad will coronavirus disrupt this NBA season?," 20 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, wipe out skillet and add remaining 1 tablespoon butter over high heat. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Presssed Spiced Chicken With Hot Honey Glaze, Beef Bourguignon," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of wipeout


1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of wipeout was in 1535

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29 Dec 2020

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“Wipeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wipeout. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wipeout

US : a sudden, violent fall by someone who is riding a bicycle, surfing, skiing, etc.

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