As verbs the difference between swipe and swap
is that swipe
is to steal or snatch while swap
is to exchange or give (something) in an exchange (for something else).
As nouns the difference between swipe and swap
is that swipe
is (countable) a quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; a sweep while swap
is an exchange of two comparable things.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
To steal or snatch.
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- Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
- "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
To grab or bat quickly.
- He swiped his card at the door.
- The cat swiped at the shoelace.
(countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
(countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
(countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
(uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
- Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
An exchange of two comparable things.
(finance) A financial derivative in which two parties agree to exchange one stream of cashflow against another stream.
(obsolete, UK, dialect) A blow; a stroke.
(computing, informal, uncountable) Space available in a swap file for use as auxiliary memory.
- (Sir Walter Scott)
- How much swap do you need?
* credit default swap
* swap meet
* total return swap
* quid pro quo
To exchange or give (something) in an exchange (for something else).
(label) To strike, hit.
*:And soo sir launcelot rode on the one syde and she on the other / he had not ryden but a whyle / but the knyghte badde sir Launcelot torne hym and loke behynde hym // and there wyth was the knyghte and the lady on one syde / & sodenly he swapped of his ladyes hede
(label) To fall or descend; to rush hastily or violently.
*(Geoffrey Chaucer) (c.1343-1400)
*:All suddenly she swapt adown to ground.
(label) To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.
* swap in, swap out
* (exchange) exchange, trade, switch