a person or thing that wipes.
the thing with which something is wiped, as a towel, handkerchief, or squeegee.
Electricity. the portion of a selector or other similar device that makes contact with the terminals of a bank.
Also, wipe. Machinery. a projection or partial cam, as on a rotating shaft, moving to lift or dislodge another part, especially so as to let it drop when released.

1545–50; wipe + -er1

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wiper (ˈwaɪpə)
1.  any piece of cloth, such as a handkerchief, towel, etc, used for wiping
2.  a cam rotated to ease a part and allow it to fall under its own weight, as used in stamping machines, etc
3.  See windscreen wiper
4.  electrical engineering a movable conducting arm, esp one in a switching or selecting device, that makes contact with a row or ring of contacts

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  roof, windshield with wiper and a radio.
My major achievement recently was getting new wiper blades for my car.
With no revenue in sight, the factory shuts down before producing a single
Tires should be well inflated and wiper fluid should be replenished.
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