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 wipeout could create shortages of food and supplies of products made from pigs, such as the blood-thinner heparin. National Geographic, "Where do your backyard birds migrate in the winter?," 7 Nov. 2019 To be sure, the off-year election was not a wipeout for the GOP. Molly Ball, Time, "Democrats Seize Control of Historically Red Virginia's State Legislature," 5 Nov. 2019 Martinez’s wipeout slider is much more effective against right-handed hitters. Dave Sheinin, The Denver Post, "Braves are unrecognizable from last year’s team, and more dangerous than ever," 6 Oct. 2019 Then, on Sunday, in front of a stadium filled with tired-of-watching-this witnesses, the Yankees won the series by completing a three-day wipeout of the Dodgers’ offense. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dodgers vs. Yankees offered a World Series review rather than a preview," 25 Aug. 2019 Monday’s wipeout of the Orioles was no exception, as the games devolved into glorified batting practice for the Yankees. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "Facing Little Resistance, the Yankees Make Health Their Main Goal," 12 Aug. 2019 If that’s the worst of it, then the nearly $40 billion wipeout in Bayer’s market value since the Monsanto deal closed in June seems overdone. Washington Post, "For Bayer and FedEx, Deal Hindsight is 20/20," 25 Mar. 2019 President Donald Trump’s state-by-state popularity shows a 2020 Electoral College wipeout, but the president has a path to victory. oregonlive.com, "Stranded southern Oregon man, 72, walks 14 miles over 4 days before Portland mountain biker finds him: Morning Briefing for Friday, July 26," 26 July 2019 The damage to Sale wasn’t done in the fourth, though, as his command of his wipeout slider worsened. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "A lousy finish to an otherwise good series leaves Red Sox on outside of playoff picture," 29 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The officials initially determined the play was an incomplete pass by Goff and the play had been blown dead, wiping out Jordan’s scoop-and-score. oregonlive, "Watch: New Orleans Saints burned again by blown call in game against the Los Angeles Rams," 16 Sep. 2019 Connor Cantrell delivered three touchdown passes as James Clemens wiped out host Huntsville 49-0 at Louis Crews Stadium. al, "James Clemens scores early, often in 49-0 rout of Huntsville," 14 Sep. 2019 But since at least a third of China’s hog herd has been wiped out, these measures will not generate instant results. The Economist, "Soaring pork prices hog headlines and sow discontent in China," 12 Sep. 2019 Just getting prepared for Dorian will wipe out Florida Power & Light Co.’s estimated $105 million hurricane reserve, Eric Silagy, the utility’s president and CEO, said Tuesday. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian missed us, but it will cost you on electric bills anyway," 11 Sep. 2019 For generations, local farmers plowed their land between crops, wiping out weeds at the cost of precious moisture. Patrick Clark, chicagotribune.com, "How a Manhattan real estate scion built a rural empire," 10 Sep. 2019 The first 49ers penalty was a bit suspect: Kyle Juszczyk got called for offensive pass interference to wipe out an 8-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Kittle. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers 31, Bucs 17: Studs and duds in a messy season opener," 8 Sep. 2019 When disease epidemics after European colonization wiped out as much as 95 percent of the Amazon’s indigenous inhabitants, the frequent, low-intensity burning stopped—and as the undergrowth returned, fuel loads increased. Kate Evans, National Geographic, "Ancient farmers burned the Amazon, but today's fires are very different," 5 Sep. 2019 For example, backup generators, which typically had been placed on first-floor or basement maintenance rooms, are now often placed on higher floors after they were wiped out in previous hurricanes and floods. Daniel B. Hess, Quartz, "How Florida hospitals are getting ready for Hurricane Dorian," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of wipeout was in 1535

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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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