to rub with or as if with something soft for cleaning. to clean or dry by rubbing. to draw, pass, or move for or as if for rubbing or cleaning. to remove by or as if by rubbing. to expunge completely. to spread by or as if by wiping. to make a motion of or as if of wiping something. BLOW, STRIKE. JEER, GIBE. an act or instance of wiping. a transition from one scene or picture to another (as in movies or television) made by a line moving across the screen. something (such as a towel) used for wiping.