a strong, sweeping blow, as with a cricket bat or golf club.
Informal. a swing of the arm in order to strike somebody; punch.
Informal. a critical or cutting remark.
a leverlike device for raising or lowering a weight, especially a bucket in a well; sweep.
an act or instance of swiping: You can debit your checking account with just a swipe of your card.
Also called rubber. Horse Racing. a person who rubs down horses in a stable; groom.
verb (used with object), swiped, swiping.
to strike with a sweeping blow.
Informal. to steal: He'll swipe anything that isn't nailed down.
to slide (a magnetic card) quickly through an electronic device that reads data.
Digital Technology. to move a finger or fingers, or a stylus, across an area on (a touchscreen) in order to execute a command: Put your finger on the arrow and swipe the screen to the right to unlock your phone.
verb (used without object), swiped, swiping.
to make a sweeping stroke.
to slide a magnetic card through an electronic device.
Digital Technology. to move the fingers across a touchscreen: Swipe to the right to close the article.

1730–40; akin to sweep1; cognate with German schweifen

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swipe (swaɪp)
vb (when intr, usually foll by at)
1.  informal to hit hard with a sweeping blow
2.  slang (tr) to steal
3.  (tr) to pass a machine-readable card, such as a credit card, debit card, etc, through a machine that electronically interprets the information encoded, usu. in a magnetic strip, on the card
4.  informal a hard blow
5.  an unexpected criticism of someone or something while discussing another subject
6.  Also called: sweep a type of lever for raising and lowering a weight, such as a bucket in a well
[C19: perhaps related to sweep]

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Word Origin & History

1807, "a driving stroke made with the arms in full swing," perhaps a dialectal variant of sweep, or in part from obsolete swip "a stroke, blow" (c.1200), from P.Gmc. *swip-, related to O.E. swipu "a stick, whip." Other possible sources or influences are M.E. swope "to sweep with broad movements" (in
ref. to brooms, swords, etc.), from O.E. swapan; obsolete swaip "stroke, blow;" or obsolete swape "oar, pole." The verb is from 1825. The slang sense of "steal, pilfer" appeared 1889, Amer.Eng., said originally to be theatrical jargon for performers stealing jokes or stage routines from one another. Meaning "run a credit card" is 1990s.
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Example sentences
Cooked fast and cleaned with a swipe with no bending.
Or swipe from side to side to move from one article to the next.
Today electricity can be transmitted via magnetic induction in such things as
  security swipe cards.
Fortunately it's interesting enough to be worth taking a swipe at.
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