Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that wipes.
  • noun Something, such as a towel, used for wiping.
  • noun A device designed for wiping, as on an automobile windshield.
  • noun A projecting cam, as on a rotating shaft, that activates another machine part.
  • noun A movable electrical contact, as in a rheostat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as wiper-wheel. See the extract and also wipe-spark.
  • noun A ring in a shaft-bearing, resting by its inner surface on the top of the shaft and hanging with its bottom elements in a bath of oil. As the shaft revolves the ring turns slowly with it, and brings up the oily parts of its surface which are wiped off by the grooves in which the ring is steadied.
  • noun One who or that which wipes.
  • noun That on which anything is wiped, as a hand-towel or a handkerchief.
  • noun In machinery, a piece projecting generally from a horizontal axle, for the purpose of raising stampers, pounders, or pistons in a vertical direction and letting them fall by their own weight. Wipers are employed in fulling-mills, stamping-mills, oil-mills, powder-mills, etc. Also wipe.
  • noun A steel implement for cleaning the bore of a musket, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, wipes.
  • noun Something used for wiping, as a towel or rag.
  • noun (Mach.) A piece generally projecting from a rotating or swinging piece, as an axle or rock shaft, for the purpose of raising stampers, lifting rods, or the like, and leaving them to fall by their own weight; a kind of cam.
  • noun (Firearms) A rod, or an attachment for a rod, for holding a rag with which to wipe out the bore of the barrel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun something, such as a towel, that is used for wiping
  • noun something, such as a windscreen wiper, that is designed for wiping
  • noun a movable electric contact in some device
  • noun nautical A junior role in the engine room of a ship, someone who wipes down machinery and generally keeps it clean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a worker who wipes
  • noun a mechanical device that cleans the windshield
  • noun contact consisting of a conducting arm that rotates over a series of fixed contacts and comes to rest on an outlet

Etymologies

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Examples

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  • That reminds me of a story – my windshield wiper is broken.

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  • So when I need to know what the black rubbery thingummy on a windscreen wiper is called, I can look up windscreen wiper in the index, turn to the appropriate picture, and learn that it's a wiper blade rubber.

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  • So when I need to know what the black rubbery thingummy on a windscreen wiper is called, I can look up windscreen wiper in the index, turn to the appropriate picture, and learn that it's a wiper blade rubber.

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  • Advanced Frameless Design ... and Integrated High-Downforce Spoiler” and “[t] he latest Michelin wiper blades on the market are all new and improved ... adding functional features such as spoilers for improved wiper performance.”

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  • Advanced Frameless Design ... and Integrated High-Downforce Spoiler” and “[t] he latest Michelin wiper blades on the market are all new and improved ... adding functional features such as spoilers for improved wiper performance.”

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  • The tortilla is his eating tool and his chin wiper.

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  • The tortilla is his eating tool and his chin wiper.

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  • For a split second there, I had this great fantasy that you were clipping the 'wiper' to a clay pigeon thrower and we were going to see some fun target pratice!

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  • Two pails of water flanked this rack, in each of which had been thrust a slotted hickory "wiper" threaded with a square of cloth.

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  • "They cut my pay down just as off-hand as they do the pay of any dirty little wiper in the yard."

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, ch. 1

    August 9, 2008