No, I meant "wipe"—movie terminology.
Assume multiple images identical in size and position, in a z-index stack: if you do fadeOut, it works like a movie "dissolve", fast enough and it looks like a straight cut.
Looking for another transition, don't want anything as fancy as 3D or blinds...
I woke up thinking animate() might do it, by varying position (or negative margin) and specifying "overflow:hidden"... and then do hide() to get rid of it totally. Will try.