swipe - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a movement in which you swing your arm and you hit or try to hit someone or something, using your hand or an object
    take a swipe at someone/something (=try to hit them):

    He leaned forwards and took a swipe at me.

  2. 2
    informal a spoken or written attack on someone or something
    take a swipe at someone/something (=criticize them):

    Do you think he was taking a swipe at the President?

  3. 3
    an act of moving your finger across the screen of a smartphone or tablet

    You can access the menu with a swipe across your screen.