Definitions of sweep

  1. sweep with a broom or as if with a broom; " Sweep the crumbs off the table"; " Sweep under the bed"
  2. sweep across or over; " Her long skirt brushed the floor"; " A gasp swept cross the audience"
  3. someone who cleans soot from chimneys
  4. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action; " They were swept up by the events"; " don't drag me into this business"
  5. ( football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  6. a wide scope; " the sweep of the plains"
  7. move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions; " The diva swept into the room"; " Shreds of paper sailed through the air"; " The searchlights swept across the sky"
  8. winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
  9. cover the entire range of
  10. a movement in an arc; " a sweep of his arm"
  11. a long oar used in an open boat
  12. win an overwhelming victory in or on; " Her new show dog swept all championships"
  13. clean by sweeping; " Please sweep the floor"
  14. make a big sweeping gesture or movement
  15. ( American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  16. to cover or extend over an area or time period; " Rivers traverse the valley floor", " The parking lot spans 3 acres"; " The novel spans three centuries"
  17. To pass a broom across ( a surface) so as to remove loose dirt, dust, etc.; to brush, or rub over, with a broom for the purpose of cleaning; as, to sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney. Used also figuratively.
  18. To drive or carry along or off with a broom or a brush, or as if with a broom; to remove by, or as if by, brushing; as, to sweep dirt from a floor; the wind sweeps the snow from the hills; a freshet sweeps away a dam, timber, or rubbish; a pestilence sweeps off multitudes.
  19. To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
  20. To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
  21. To strike with a long stroke.
  22. To draw or drag something over; as, to sweep the bottom of a river with a net.
  23. To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation; as, to sweep the heavens with a telescope.
  24. To clean rooms, yards, etc., or to clear away dust, dirt, litter, etc., with a broom, brush, or the like.
  25. To brush swiftly over the surface of anything; to pass with switness and force, as if brushing the surface of anything; to move in a stately manner; as, the wind sweeps across the plain; a woman sweeps through a drawing- room.
  26. To pass over anything comprehensively; to range through with rapidity; as, his eye sweeps through space.
  27. The act of sweeping.
  28. The compass or range of a stroke; as, a long sweep.
  29. The compass of any turning body or of any motion; as, the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye.
  30. The compass of anything flowing or brushing; as, the flood carried away everything within its sweep.
  31. Violent and general destruction; as, the sweep of an epidemic disease.
  32. Direction and extent of any motion not rectlinear; as, the sweep of a compass.
  33. Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, or the like, away from a rectlinear line.
  34. One who sweeps; a sweeper; specifically, a chimney sweeper.
  35. A movable templet for making molds, in loam molding.
  36. The mold of a ship when she begins to curve in at the rungheads; any part of a ship shaped in a segment of a circle.
  37. A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them.
  38. The almond furnace.
  39. A long pole, or piece of timber, moved on a horizontal fulcrum fixed to a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well for drawing water.
  40. In the game of casino, a pairing or combining of all the cards on the board, and so removing them all; in whist, the winning of all the tricks ( thirteen) in a hand; a slam.
  41. The sweeping of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.
  42. To brush or clean with a broom, etc.; remove or clean away with a broom, etc.; as, to sweep up the dirt; flow over or carry along or off with force; as, waves swept the deck; the wind swept the house away; to move with a brushing motion; as, she swept her skirts aside.
  43. To clean or clear away dirt with a brush, broom, etc.; to pass with speed or force; move with stateliness or dignity.
  44. The act of sweeping; a clearing out or away; as, to make a clean sweep; range; extent; as, the sweep of a storm; a bend or curve; as, the sweep of a drive; rapid survey with the eye; one who cleans chimneys; a long oar.
  45. Sweeper.
  46. Swept.
  47. Sweeping.
  48. To wipe or rub over with a brush or broom: to carry along or off by a long brushing stroke or force: to destroy or carry off at a stroke: to strike with a long stroke: to carry with pomp: to drag over: to pass rapidly over.
  49. To pass swiftly and forcibly: to pass with pomp: to move with a long reach:- pa. t. and pa. p. swept.
  50. Act of sweeping: extent of a stroke, or of anything turning or in motion: direction of a curve: a chimney- sweeper. - n SWEEPER.
  51. Act of sweeping; range of anything in motion; a large oar; one who sweeps.
  52. To pass swiftly; pass with pomp.
  53. To rub over or brush, as with a broom or brush; to carry off at a stroke; clear away; fire shot over or along; pass rapidly over.
  54. To collect or clear away with a broom.
  55. To move with a broad, swift action, as of a brush or broom.
  56. To brush a floor, etc., with a broom.
  57. To move with a strong, even action.
  58. The act or result of sweeping; a broad, strong, sustained movement, as of a river.
  59. Range, compass, extent of stroke, or of vision, etc.; a curve or bend, or something bent.
  60. A sweeper.
  61. The act of sweeping; the compass of a stroke; the compass of anything turning, flowing or brushing; violent and general destruction; direction of any motion not rectilinear; a pole or piece of timber moved on a fulcrum; a large oar, used in small vessels to impel them in a calm, & c.; a chimney- sweeper.
  62. To brush or rub over with a brush, broom or besom; to clean by brushing; to carry with a long swinging or dragging motion; to carry off with celerity and violence; to strike with a long stroke; to draw or drag over.
  63. To pass with swiftness and violence, as something broad or brushing the surface of anything; to pass over with celerity and force; to pass with pomp; to move with a long reach.

Usage examples for sweep

  1. We're goin' to sweep under everything an' behind- every las' thing, under 'n' behind. – Miss Theodosia's Heartstrings by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  2. And now that he is gone, I sweep the Veil away and cry, Lo! – The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
  3. Nothing there had been touched, for the old mother claimed that to set a room in order too soon after a guest's departure was to sweep out all luck with him. – Little Sister Snow by Frances Little
  4. The fourth view takes the longest sweep of any, thus far, goes into much more detail, and gives much fresh information. – Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation by S. D. Gordon
  5. " Sweep them from the earth," he snarled, when asked " What will we do with the Indians?" – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  6. Even Ike, with no sweep to swing, was foot- loose, or rather hand- free. – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman
  7. Best of all to Beth's way of thinking, there was a little sweep to it. – That Little Girl of Miss Eliza’s by Jean K. Baird
  8. From the window the sweep of the sea was, in daylight, perfectly visible: now in the dim grey of the sky it was hidden- but Harry knew where it must be and watched for its appearance. – The Wooden Horse by Hugh Walpole
  9. The French will just sweep them before them." – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  10. The Senator is coming to- morrow, and you had better sweep carefully. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  11. Alvan had resolved to sweep him off the earth. – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  12. They sweep round the room, or the persons or the place, and gather all- may I say it? – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  13. She ran back home for a long stick with a hook at the end of it to recover the bucket, and as she put it into the water she sang: Swing and sweep till all does cling And to the surface safely bring. – Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa
  14. Felix Tournour takes brush from under desk, left, and begins to sweep in the direction of corridor door. – Three Plays by Padraic Colum
  15. If only he could find an influence to which he could give himself, an influence which would sweep him away! – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  16. Kate Cumberland shifted her weight a little to one side of the saddle to rest and looked down from the crest on the sweep of country below. – The Untamed by Max Brand
  17. She tried to sweep up her magnificent hair and secure it upon her head. – The Flying Legion by George Allan England
  18. Why did you not come to- day to sweep the yard? – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  19. We will take a torch down, and hold it and sweep by turns. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  20. At the thought of her he felt a second flush of shame sweep up in him, quite different from the first and quite horrible. – Foe-Farrell by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch