I. noun Etymology: probably alteration of sweep Date: 1739 1. a strong sweeping blow <
a swipe of a paw
2. a sharp often critical remark <
took a parting swipe at management
II. verb (swiped; swiping) Date: circa 1825 intransitive verb to strike or move with a sweeping motion transitive verb 1. to strike or wipe with a sweeping motion 2. steal, pilfer 3. to slide (a card with a magnetic strip or bar code) through a slot in a reading device so that information stored on the strip can be processed (as in making a purchase)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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