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wiper (n.)

1550s as a person, 1580s as a cloth, agent noun wipe (v.). From 1929 as short for windshield wiper.

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Definitions of wiper from WordNet

wiper (n.)
a worker who wipes;
wiper (n.)
contact consisting of a conducting arm that rotates over a series of fixed contacts and comes to rest on an outlet;
Synonyms: wiper arm / contact arm
wiper (n.)
a mechanical device that cleans the windshield;
Synonyms: windshield wiper / windscreen wiper / wiper blade
From wordnet.princeton.edu