The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wipe \Wipe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wiped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Wiping.] [OE. vipen, AS. w[imac]pian; cf. LG. wiep a wisp
of straw, Sw. vepa to wrap up, to cuddle one's self up, vepa
a blanket; perhaps akin to E. whip.]
1. To rub with something soft for cleaning; to clean or dry
by rubbing; as, to wipe the hands or face with a towel.
Let me wipe thy face. --Shak.
I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping
it, and turning it upside down. --2 Kings xxi.
2. To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; --
usually followed by away, off or out. Also used
figuratively. "To wipe out our ingratitude." --Shak.
Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them
3. To cheat; to defraud; to trick; -- usually followed by
out. [Obs.] --Spenser.
If they by coveyne [covin] or gile be wiped beside
their goods. --Robynson
To wipe a joint (Plumbing), to make a joint, as between
pieces of lead pipe, by surrounding the junction with a
mass of solder, applied in a plastic condition by means of
a rag with which the solder is shaped by rubbing.
To wipe the nose of, to cheat. [Old Slang]