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[wahy-per] /ˈwaɪ pər/
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.
Origin of wiper
1545-50; wipe + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Captain Smith said he knew him—the wiper—and that's what made me so green.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Supporting the pipes in this way will allow the wiper perfect freedom.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • With the aid of wiper Ralph soon got the dummy ready for action.

  • The wiper is cautioned to move the ladle constantly while dropping the solder.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • One plan, in very hot weather, is to wrap a wet towel or wiper about the head, cooling it now and then with fresh water.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • The wiper of the other disk D has a wire connection with the wire M.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
  • "Neighbor couldn't give me anybody but a wiper," said Bartholomew, in a sort of a wouldn't-that-kill-you tone.

    The Nerve of Foley Frank H. Spearman
  • Nor did Soda Springs know how desperate the wiper's extremity had become.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • The position for wiping this joint is to have the run horizontal and the branch on an angle of 45° pointing away from the wiper.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • You're nussing a wiper, I say, and you'll soon feel 'is bite, I'll be bound.

British Dictionary definitions for wiper


any piece of cloth, such as a handkerchief, towel, etc, used for wiping
a cam rotated to ease a part and allow it to fall under its own weight, as used in stamping machines, etc
(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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