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Wipe

Quick Definition

A wipe, also known as a party wipe, is a situation where the player's character and their entire group of adventures are defeated in battle. In many games, this results in a game over, so it's best to avoid places where the party can be overpowered to this degree.

The term "wipe" also has another meaning when talking about computers or storage media. In this case, it's a synonym for format or a reference to deleting everything on that storage media.