1An instance of being destroyed or overwhelmingly defeated.‘a nuclear wipeout’
- ‘And with an entire community having sprouted along the river, there is no doubt that the next flood will be a complete wipeout.’
- ‘One consequence was the virtual wipeout of Mexico's small farmers by a flood of subsidized U.S. food imports.’
- 1.1 The obliteration of one radio signal by another.
2A fall from a surfboard.
- ‘He experienced the best and the worst of Pipeline with a perfect 10, a handful of hideous wipeouts and broken surfboards.’
- ‘Combine ceiling high sets with powerful rip currents and Rockaway's notorious, shifty, ledgy peaks, and the stage was set for some serious ripping… and brutal wipeouts.’
- ‘Arms and legs grow stiff in the chilly water, paddling becomes hard, wipeouts and swims brutal.’
- ‘The closing minutes of the first semifinal heat saw a strong set, some jumbled take-offs and a few crowd-pleasing wipeouts.’
- ‘Wear a wetsuit that won't blow open in severe wipeouts.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.